Airtricity League round-up: Big three points for Derry while Limerick claim away victory
Derry picked up a huge three points while Limerick’s travelling support left Galway happy as the visitors claimed all three points at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Derry City...(2) 3
Timlin (4); Jarvis (10); McEleney (63)
Bray Wanderers...(0) 1
DERRY City picked up another massive three points, this time seeing off Bray Wanderers.
Paul Hegarty wanted his side to start with a high tempo and that start, which saw them race into a two goal lead in the opening ten minutes, ensured they maintained their recent good form.
The Brandywell men who started the game on the front foot broke deadlock on four minutes whe Mark Timlin curled home his 11 goal of the season, making no mistaking firing home from 20 yards giving Wanderers net-minder Peter Cherrie.
Derry doubled their advantage when Stephen Dooley’s left wing corner was headed home at the near post by an unmarked Dean Jarvis.
Wanderers who came out of the traps early after the break were gifted a goal back on 54 minutes when Graham Kelly showed good composure to turn the ball home, after Ben McLaughlin’s miss placed pass only found the visitor’s midfielder.
Derry got back on the goalscoring trail on 63 minutes when Patrick McEleney blasted home from some 25 yards, giving Cherrie no chance.
Mick Cooke’s men were denied a second goal soon after when substitute David Scully hit the bottom of Doherty’s left hand post.
Derry City: Doherty, McLaughlin, Cornwall, Sharkey, Jarvis; Dooley (McEneff 64), McCormack, McNamee, McEleney (Curtis 90); Timlin, O’Connor (Quigley 58).
Bray Wanderers: Cherrie, Baker, McNally, Cassidy, McEvoy, Hanlon (Onwubiko 78), Cooney, Sullivan, Lyons (Scully 65), Douglas, Kelly (Fitzpatrick 65).
Referee: Mr Paul Tuite (Dublin).
Galway United 1
The stakes were piled seriously high at Eamonn Deacy Park so Limerick FC's significant travelling support gleefully a critical win in the west.
When Galway cruised to a convincing success over Limerick at Markets Field in July 17 points separated the clubs, but last night that gap was trimmed to three. Martin Russell's charges summoned a dynamic display to secure a vital victory to inject their survival mission with hope and confidence.
It was a demoralising defeat for Galway, who were outsmarted throughout an absorbing encounter. That a native Galwegian, Vinny Faherty, landed the decisive blows for Limerick merely added to the sense of disappointment for the locals.
Utterly dominant in the opening quarter Limerick eventually netted a goal in the 18th minute when Faherty pounced. Early on Faherty had been denied after only 50 seconds when Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn atoned for an error when making a fine save. From the rebound Lee Lynch was thwarted by a Samuel Oji block.
Limerick continued to probe, and the visitors were rewarded on 18 when Faherty skipped by Oji before curling a splendid right footed strike into the bottom corner.
Though Galway were in severe bother initially Tommy Dunne's side squandered a 20th minute chance when Robbie Williams thwarted a Gary Shanahan attempt as Limerick eventually departed ahead at the break.
After the restart Galway improved considerably restoring parity in the 61st minute when Oji headed home an equaliser in a crowded goalmouth following an inviting Ryan Connolly corner.
It was a dramatic encounter as Limerick bagged again five minutes later when Ian Turner ruthlessly punished poor Galway defending to guide the visitors' ahead once more.
Nine minutes from time Turner supplied the right wing cross which located Faherty, who had sufficient craft to glance a header beyond Conor Winn's despairing dive. Suddenly Limerick's seasonal mission to avoid the drop doesn't seem quite so impossible as Galway must now embark on a daunting trip to Oriel Park for a clash with Dundalk next Friday.
Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Oji, Walsh, Ludden; Shanahan, O'Leary, Sinnott (O’Connell, 79), Keegan; Connolly; Curran (Melody, 42).
Limerick FC: Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Williams, Russell; Turner, O’Conor, Duggan, Clarke (Rainsford, 86); Lynch; Faherty (Mann, 90).
Referee: D McKeon (Dublin).
Drogheda United 1
Cork City 1
DROGHEDA UNITED earned a valuable point in their battle against relegation as Cork City’s slender title hopes were finally extinguished at United Park.
The home side hit the front just seven minutes in courtesy of a mistake from Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty. He dallied on a backpass from Dan Murray with Keith Treacy in close proximity. The former Ireland winger blocked his clearance and the ball ricocheted in.
But Drogheda’s lead lasted just three minutes. After a corner was cleared, the ball was recycled out to Gavan Holohan on the left and his cross was superbly flicked past Micheal Schlingermann by Karl Sheppard.
John Caulfield’s side looked more likely to score a second. Darren Dennehy and Sheppard went close either side of half time.
DROGHEDA – Schlingermann; Buckley, Byrne, O’Reilly, Gorman; Hughes, Daly, Bayly, Whelan (Mulvenna, 76), Treacy (McKenna, 84); Pender (Duffy, 46).
CORK CITY – McNulty; McSweeney, Murray, D Dennehy, Gaynor (B Dennehy, 69); Miller, Buckley, Beattie, O’Connor, Holohan (Dunleavy, 87); Sheppard (O’Flynn, 68).
REF – R Matthews (Westmeath)
St Patrick’s Athletic 0
Anto Murphy and Karl Moore got the goals to keep Bohemians’ tenuous hopes of Europe alive as St Patrick’s finished with 10 men at Dalymount Park.
The win narrows Bohemians’ gap on St Pat’s to five points in the battle for fourth place and the last Europa League spot.
Bohs rode their luck early on before snatching the lead against the run of play on 14 minutes. Eoin Wearen swept a ball in from the right flank and the unmarked Murphy arrived to side-foot home from close range.
The visitors’ hopes of getting back into it were dealt a blow when McGuinness was sent off on 52 minutes for a tug-back on Ismahil Akinade, his second card inside three minutes.
Bohs then added their second goal on 61 minutes. Jake Kelly set up Moore to crack a shot in off the underside of the crossbar.
BOHEMIANS – Delany; Hayes, Mulcahy, A Murphy,
Fitzgerald; Buckley (D Byrne , 90+1), Wearen, Lopes (J Byrne, 80), Kelly (Ashe, 88); Moore; Akinade.
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – O’Malley; O’Brien (Morris, 37), McGuinness, McEleney, Bermingham; Chambers; McGrath (Bayly, 77), Verdon (Langley, 67); Byrne, Fagan, Greene.
REF – Rob Harvey (Dublin)