Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mcnally heaps praise on 'streetwise' Brennans

Gavin Brennan challenges Derry keeper Ger Doherty in the air.
Gavin Brennan challenges Derry keeper Ger Doherty in the air.


ALAN Mcnally paid a special tribute to the local Brennan brothers after their inspirational performances helped Drogheda put Derry City to the sword at Hunky Dorys Park on Friday night.

All three of the siblings from Rathmullen were involved in the two goals and their allround play played a large part in the Boynesiders' victory.

'They are a brilliant threat to have,' Mcnally reflected afterwards.

'They're sort of street players, I think, the way they approach the games. They're so confident on the ball, they work very hard for each other and for the team. They put themselves about and have everything you want in a footballer.

'They've got skill, they gell together and work for each other and thankfully they're playing for us!

'The first goal came at the right time. It was great play by Sean, a little ball over the top, and Ryan struck it very well. It was one of those where nine times out of 10 it won't go in, but thankfully it did. It was a great strike and it gave us that cushion to defend well, which we did throughout the game.'

Mcnally, who himself was outstanding in the back four, agreed that Drogheda's upandapproach paid rich dividends on the night, and that goals were always likely to come.

'From start to finish we were on our game, and it's what you need to do - set the tone. We didn't really let them into the game at all and they didn't create that many chances.

'At half-time we said they were going to get a grilling and they would be coming out of the blocks. They have title aspirations and would be looking to come here to win the game.

'But we came out of the blocks again at them. We had that platform, kept our shape well and we played to our strengths and they found it difficult to play against.

'It wasn't until right near the end when they had one or two opportunities. Perhaps we got a bit tired at the back, but we deserved that luck overall and it was important that we got the win because we want to do well this season and push on every week. For the season ahead it's looking good and morale is very high.

'Our attacking threat this season, compared to last, is totally different. We have so much going forward now. We will score goals freely, I think, this season, and we just need to keep shape in the back four and hopefully the clean sheets will come more and more now.

'We've Monaghan away next week, a tough game. We've a few lads that played for Monaghan last season, but hopefully we can pick up a win and keep moving up the table.'