Football | Derry City clinch European football

Derry City have hammered Finn Harps 4-0 at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium to secure European football next season.

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe has bagged a hat-trick to pip Patrick Hoban to the Golden Boot, with Grant Gillespie adding a fourth goal to round off a comprehensive win for the hosts.

Junior’s second treble of the season sees him finish on 14 league goals, one ahead of Dundalk striker Hoban.

The Candystripes needed at least a point to finish in the top four following last week’s 3-1 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic.

With one eye on the upcoming promotion/relegation play-off against Drogheda on Monday, Ollie Horgan made 11 changes to the Harps side for the Northern derby.

Junior opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finishing past Jamie Bell following Barry McNamee’s through ball.

Eight minutes later, the Colchester United loanee doubled his tally from close range after David Parkhouse’s header was cleared off the line.

Junior completed his hat-trick in the second half before Gillespie blasted home his first goal for the Candystripes in the 79th minute.

Declan Devine’s side’s win sees them finish fourth in the Premier Division, while Harps will now contest a promotion/relegation play-off against Drogheda.

Derry end the season three points behind Bohemian FC and five ahead of St. Pat’s, who have suffered a 4-0 defeat to champions Dundalk at Oriel Park.
The Lilywhites have finished another successful campaign with goals from Dane Massey, Daniel Kelly, a Brendan Clarke own goal and Georgie Kelly.

The result, combined with Derry’s dominant victory, means that St. Pat’s will miss out on European football next season.

Elsewhere, Bohs have defeated Sligo Rovers 2-1 at Dalymount Park to cap off an excellent season.

Derek Pender – playing his final game for the club – has netted the winner from the penalty spot to sign off in style. Daryl Fordyce had given the Bit O’ Red the lead, before Daniel Mandroiu drew the hosts level just before the hour mark.

Shamrock Rovers overcame Cork City 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium. Jack Byrne opened the scoring with a spectacular strike, before further goals from Lee Grace and Graham Burke confirmed a comfortable victory.

Waterford have finished their season with a 4-2 win over relegated UCD at the RSC. Shane Duggan, Georgie Poynton, Zachary Elbouzedi and Michael O’Connor scored the goals for the hosts, with Jack Keaney recording a brace for the Students.

The win sees Waterford climb above Sligo Rovers to finish sixth in the top flight.