Tuesday 27 September 2016

FAI Cup Replay: Daniels sinks Drogheda

Drogheda Utd 1 Derry City 2

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Rory Patterson celebrates after putting Derry City in the lead with team-mates Josh Daniels, left, and Aaron McEniff. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Rory Patterson celebrates after putting Derry City in the lead with team-mates Josh Daniels, left, and Aaron McEniff. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Derry's Conor McCormack and Drogheda's Aaron Molloy battle for possession. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Aaron McEniff gets away from United's Aaron Molloy. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Aaron McEniff is dispossessed by Drogheda United's Jake Hyland. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Ronan Curtis heads the ball clear ahead of Derek Doyle. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Goals from Rory Patterson and Josh Daniels secured Derry City safe passage into the third round of the FAI Cup.

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Patterson, who recovered from a knee injury to start, gave Derry the lead after just four minutes when his 25-yard free-kick left Stephen McGuinness rooted to his spot. The goalscorer limped off shortly afterwards.

Drogheda's equaliser came from the penalty spot on 35 minutes when Sean Thornton sent Ger Doherty the wrong way. Ten minutes after the restart, Derry regained the lead. Austrian full debutant Lukas Schubert found Daniels and he curled a superb effort over McGuinness.

Drogheda - McGuinness; Costello, Gallagher, Cooney, Dunne; Kirwan (Doyle, 76), Thornton (Brennan, 73), Hyland, Molloy, Ashe; Donnelly (Griffin, 72)

Derry - Doherty; Vemmelund, Barry, Boyle, Jarvis; McDermott, McCormack, Schubert (Ward, 82), McEniff, Daniels; Patterson (Curtis, 15).

Ref - T Connolly

O'Sullivan the Athlone hero

Letterkenny Rvs 0 Athlone Town 1 (After extra-time)

Alan O'Sullivan popped up with a dramatic 117th-minute winner for Athlone at Ulster Senior League battlers Letterkenny.

Just when Intermediate Cup finalists Rovers looked to have earned penalties, O'Sullivan tucked Emeka Onwubiko's cross past Rory Kelly.

It was tough on Rovers, who twice went close at the end of normal time.

Steve Okakpu-Emeka had both chances, with one cleared from the line before he smashed a header off the bar, while Val Feeney was denied by a goal-line block from David Shovlin at the other end. 

Letterkenny Rovers - R Kelly; D Shovlin, T Ferris (J Minnock 67), P Boyle, T Shiels (K O'Donnell 105); K McGrath, M Forker, C Connaghan, P McVeigh; S Okakpu-Emeka (B McVeigh 96); D McElwaine.

Athlone Town - R Coulter; S Dixon, K Farragher, J Tuite; M Chindea, V Feeney, A Kelly (E Onwubiko 67), D Cassidy, I Fletcher; A O'Sullivan, D Purdy.

Ref - M Connolly (Donegal)

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