Saturday 23 September 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Orla Bannon

PJ McCloskey (Derry)

Hard to go against Ryan Bell, who kicked 0-6 in only his third championship match, but McCloskey was the inspirational force behind Derry's win. He missed the last game with Down due to injury and was the difference this time, dominating midfield with a series of stunning high catches that inspired his side.

TURNING POINT

There really wasn't one. Barring a poor opening 10 minutes, Derry were in the box seat all the way. Down accepted their fate way, way too early.

TALKING POINT

The great job James McCartan has done with limited resources. No manager has had to cope with the loss of so many key players over the past two years – due to injury or emigration. He must now decide whether he has the heart to fight on.

MAGIC MOMENT

After a stunning high catch in the 11th minute, McCloskey booted the ball forward to Bell who finished superbly from 40 metres.

REF WATCH

Cormac Reilly took advice from his umpires before giving Benny McArdle a straight red. No one in the Down camp was complaining about either red card.

WHAT THEY SAID

Brian McIver (Derry manager):

"Conceding 2-17 the last day was a hurling scoreline, we knew we couldn't defend like that again. Sometimes that wee cynical foul, you have to do it. The last day we played beautiful, open football but we got beat."

James McCartan (Down manager):

"I don't want to take anything away from Derry's victory, I've too much respect for the men who are in charge of them. The level of intensity they brought, showed they were out for revenge and fair play, they got it."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Derry 13 (6 first half)

Down 12 (5)

Frees:

Derry 19 (9)

Down 19 (12)

Yellow cards:

Derry 5 (P Bradley 15, C Kielt 32, M Lynch 34, D McBride 35, E Lynn 48)

Down 2 (D McCartan 25, J Johnston 32)

Red cards:

Down 2 (B McArdle 57, K McKernan 70)

WHAT'S NEXT?

Derry go into the Round 3 qualifier draw, Down's season is over.

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