Wednesday 29 March 2017

McClean pulls strings

James McClean may not have too long left in the League of Ireland if the transfer rumours are to be believed, but it seems he's prepared to make the most of his remaining time.

The winger wasn't on the ball that much at Bray Wanderers last night, but when he was he was devastating.

McClean's brilliant run and cross in the 67th minute allowed Eamon Zayed to head the game's opening goal before his corner set up the second.

Part of the reason that McClean initially didn't see too much action, however, was because Bray were so impressive. And, for their first-half performance in particular, they arguably didn't deserve to lose.

With Bray producing some fine passing moves, Derry were reduced to scrambling chances from set-pieces. However, with just a quarter of the game left, McClean came to life.

His weaving run left Shane O'Connor dazed before a whipped cross invited Zayed to finish. Six minutes later, McClean's corner left Danny Lafferty with a simple shot to secure the win. John Mulroy pulled one back late on for Bray with a header, but by then McClean had done the damage.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; O'Connor, Houston, Mitchell, Prendergast; Shields, O'Connor (G Kelly 72), Doyle (McGuinness 78), Massey (J Kelly 61); Mulroy, O'Neill.

DERRY CITY -- Doherty; S McEleney, Lafferty, McBride, Greacen; McClean, Molloy, G McGlynn, Higgins (Harkin 80); Zayed, P McEleney (McLaughlin 90).

REF -- D McKeon (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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