Saturday 10 December 2016

Kinsella kicks off with Derry scalp

Derry City 0 Drogheda Utd 2

Published 07/09/2015 | 02:30

Drogheda United interim manager Mark Kinsella
Drogheda United interim manager Mark Kinsella

Drogheda United secured a massive three points and in doing so brought Derry City right back into the relegation dog-fight.

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Mark Kinsella picked up the much-needed win in his first game as interim manager as the Drogs moved a point clear of the Candystripes, who looked a shadow of the side which beat St Patrick's Athletic last weekend.

Sean Thornton's header just before half-time and a Jason Marks strike late in the second half ensured United won in front of a disappointing Brandywell crowd. Derry's Patrick McEleney went close early on but Thornton made no mistake heading home Adam Whelan's inch-perfect cross on 43 minutes.

In the second half City pushed forward for the equaliser and thought they had levelled things on 72 minutes but Barry McNamee's curling free-kick hit the side netting.

The points were sealed on 77 minutes after Whelan's cut-back found an unmarked Marks who blasted home past Gerard Doherty.

Derry City - Doherty, Cornwall, Barry, Jarvis, Dooley, McEneff, McCormack, McNamee, Timlin, McEleney, O'Connor. Subs: McLaughlin for McEneff (68); Quigley for O'Connor (75).

Drogheda United - Schlingermann, Gorman, Byrne, Daly, Thornton, Pender, Whelan, O'Reilly, Treacy, Buckley, Marks. Subs: Brennan for Treacy (56); Mulvenna for Pender (66); Bayly for Whelan (81).

Ref - B Connolly (Dublin).

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