Sunday 11 December 2016

Derry secure survival

Limerick FC 0-2 Derry City

Independent.ie Newdesk

Published 19/10/2015 | 02:30

Derry City manager Paul Hegarty
Derry City manager Paul Hegarty

Derry City ensured their Premier Division status for 2016 after a deserved win away to bottom side Limerick on Saturday night, with second-half goals from Mark Timlin and Barry McNamee securing the points.

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Candystripes boss Paul Hegarty, though, insisted that he hasn't been approaching his team's recent fixtures with a safety first mindset.

"We weren't looking at it that way," he said. "Everyone else probably was, but we had set a target to finish sixth in the table as that's the highest we could finish.

"We have another two matches and we probably need to win them to finish sixth.

"We'll be taking the Bohs match next week in the same way and to be fair to the players, they've done everything they've been asked to do."

It was a damaging result for Limerick, whose flat display was in marked contrast to their recent battling performances, and manager Martin Russell conceded that his team was second best on the night.

"We didn't cause enough problems for them and, to be fair to them, they played well on the night, so you've got to give them credit," he said.

"We missed a few chances and half-chances in the first half, and the first goal is important."

Derry's Patrick McEleney suffered a punctured lung late in the match and was taken to hospital afterwards, but he recovered sufficiently to travel back north on the team bus on Saturday night.

LIMERICK FC - Hall; Kelly, Kanyuka, Williams, Russell; Duggan, O'Conor (Tracy 60); Turner (Rainsford 70), Lynch, Clarke; Faherty.

DERRY CITY - Doherty; Cornwall, McBride, Barry, Jarvis; McCormack, McNamee; Timlin, McEleney (McEniff 89), Dooley; Quigley (O'Connor 67).

REF - J McKell (Tipperary).

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