League of Ireland Premier Division: Derry City 4-0 Finn Harps

Ciaron Harkin scored a hat-trick in Derry City's convincing derby victory
Ciaron Harkin scored a hat-trick in Derry City's convincing derby victory

Ciaron Harkin scored a hat-trick as Derry City thumped derby rivals Finn Harps 4-0 in Friday's one-sided Premier Division game at the Brandywell.

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe fired home the rebound after his penalty was saved by Peter Burke in the 32nd minute.

Harkin's stunning free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards just before the break extended Derry's advantage.

The midfielder fired a low shot into the bottom corner on 67 and drilled home his third in stoppage time.

The victory sees the Candystripes remain in fourth position in the table but move to within one point of third-placed Bohemians and four ahead of fifth-placed St Patrick's Athletic.

Harps drop to the bottom of the table on goal difference.

The win was a first in six league outings for Derry, Declan Devine's side having lost 1-0 to St Pat's in their most recent game at Richmond Park on Tuesday night.

Junior opener sets Derry on their way

The hosts got off to a promising start and Jamie McDonagh's free-kick was headed over by Josh Kerr in the eighth minute.

Referee Tomas Connolly awarded a penalty shortly after the half hour mark when David Parkhouse was brought down in the area and although Junior was initially denied by Burke's save he reacted quickest to drive in the rebound for his third goal of the season.

Junior then saw his overhead kick into the net disallowed for a high foot before Harkin's free-kick made it 2-0 before the break.

Junior had an effort cleared off the line by Sam Todd and then Harkin bent his shot into the net and extended the lead in added time.

The sides will meet again in the League Cup on Monday for Derry's fourth game in 10 days.

After that fixture Derry will go six weeks without playing a league match at their Brandywell Stadium.

Call-ups to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the upcoming Toulon Tournament will see a number of Premier Division matches postponed, including City's home games against UCD and Waterford on 31 May and 14 June respectively.