Candystripes rue Doherty gaffe
Published 21/05/2011 | 05:00
A goalkeeping error by Gerard Doherty resulted in Bray Wanderers deservedly sharing the spoils at the Brandywell last night.
The former TNS 'keeper allowed Daire Doyle's speculative drive to cancel out Patrick McEleney's first-half strike.
There was some impressive last-ditch defending by Bray as they threw themselves in front of two goal-bound shots from McEleney, and Ruaidhri Higgins' 20-yard free-kick whistled just over Matt Gregg's crossbar, as the home side pressed for the opening goal.
The deadlock was broken on 26 minutes following another piece of slick football.
Eamon Zayed controlled the ball well before feeding James McClean and his cut-back was easily side-footed home by McEleney.
A poor clearance by Higgins on 34 minutes fell to Chris Shields, but his 20-yard side-footed effort was easily gathered by Doherty.
Right on the stroke of half-time the visitors were unlucky not to level things, when City were caught napping at a short corner, but fortunately for them Doherty did extremely well to tip over John Mulroy's glancing goal-bound header.
Gary Dempsey's corner on 56 minutes found Shields, but his header was deflected wide by Barry Molloy.
Joe Kendrick's resulting corner found centre-back Adam Mitchell, but his looping header, which had Doherty beaten, was headed off the line by Molloy.
But the visitors incredibly levelled things on 67 minutes in bizarre circumstances when Doyle's 25-yard effort caught out Doherty, who must have thought the effort was going wide and let the ball flash into his net.
Doherty redeemed himself on 71 minutes when he saved superbly from Mulroy, but the sides shared the spoils.
Derry City -- Doherty; McCallion, Molloy, Greacen, Friars (R McBride 72); McGlynn, Higgins, T McBride, McClean; P McEleney (McDaid 72), Zayed.
Bray Wanderers -- Gregg; O'Connor, Kendrick, Prendergast, Mitchell, Dempsey; Zambra (Houston 64); Doyle, Mulroy, Shields; Kelly.
REF --T Connolly (Dublin).