Limerick FC's Shaun Kelly holds off Ronan Curtis, of Derry City, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture at the Brandywell on Monday night
LIMERICK FC suffered their second heavy defeat in successive away games when succumbing 5-0 to Derry City in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at the refurbished Brandywell on Monday night.
Limerick's second defeat to the campaign has seen the Shannonsiders slip one place to sixth in the 10-team top division.
Limerick came into the back on the back of a 1-0 win over Bray Wanderers on Friday night, while Derry were thumped 6-1 by Shamrock Rovers.
However, back at the Brandywell for the first time in 18 months, Derry put on an excellent second half showing for their home supporters on the artificial pitch to swat the visitors challenge aside.
Ronan Hale's ninth-minute strike had Derry City 1-0 in front at half-time.
However, Tommy Barrett’s Limerick had performed well in the opening 45 minutes and went close through Danny Morrissey and Billy Dennehy, who hit the post with a free-kick.
However, Derry added four more goals in the closing half an hour, including two in three minutes from Ronan Curtis on 61 minutes and Aaron McEneff in the 64th.
Two further Derry goals followed, both scored from Ronan Hale, who completed his has-trick, in the 70th minute and 16 minutes from time from the penalty spot.
Having won their opening away league fixture of the season at Sligo, Limerick suffered an 8-0 defeat to Dundalk in their next road trip.
Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett made two changes to his starting line-up from the side that defeated Bray on Friday night. Billy Dennehy returned after injury while Danny Morrissey, who netted the winning goal against Bray, also started. The players who dropped to the bench were Will Fitzgerald and Connor Ellis.
Limerick don’t have long to lick their wounds following the long trip to the Brandywell as the Blues entertain champions Cork City at the Markets Field this Friday, 7.45pm.
LIMERICK FC: Brendan Clarke, Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy, Cian Coleman, Eoin Wearen (Will Fitzgerald 15), Shane Duggan (Capt) (Killian Cantwell 74), Daniel Kearns, Billy Dennehy, Danny Morrissey (Connor Ellis 59).
DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty (Capt), Conor McDermott, Darren Cole, Eoin Toal, Jack Doyle (Scott Whiteside 87), Ronan Hale, Nicky Low, Aaron McEneff (Adrian Delap 81), Rory Hale, Ben Doherty 75), Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson.
REFEREE: Ben Connolly