Mark Farren's brought up his season's goals tally to 16
Mark Farren's hat-trick helped Derry City return to the top of the Airtricity League First Division as they routed Mervue United.
Farren hit Derry's opener on five minutes and Stephen Parkhouse doubled Derry's lead on 29 minutes.
Parkhouse produced an extraordinary miss before Farren hit the third from the penalty spot on 60 minutes.
Farren completed his hat-trick on 72 before late goals from James McLean (79) and Seamus Sharkey (85).
With Mark Scoltock and Emmett Friars left out, Parkhouse and Danny Lafferty started for the Candystripes.
Derry dominated from the start and Farren netted his opener from close range on five minutes after his initial effort had been blocked by Mervue keeper Ger Hanley.
Parkhouse produced an accomplished finish for his first goal of the season on 29 minutes but he was guilty of an astonishing miss from three yards out when he blazed the ball over the bar after being played in by Farren.
James McLean was fouled in the Mervue box on 60 minutes and Farren stroked the penalty past Hanley.
Parkhouse atoned for his earlier miss as he set up Farren to complete his hat-trick on 72 minutes and McLean rifled in the goal of the match seven minutes later after running all the way from his own half and past five attempted challenges.
Sub Sharkey struck Derry's sixth five minutes from time with a shot from 35 yards for his first senior goal.
The win moves Derry City three points ahead of Monaghan and will help the Candystripes' goal difference in a tight race at the top.
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