McDaid strikes late to turn tables on UCD
Derry City 2 UCD 1
SUPER sub Davy McDaid was Derry City's hero as he netted what could turn out to be a priceless winning goal over a spirited UCD side.
The visitors broke the deadlock after just 18 minutes when Graham Rusk latched onto Darren Meenan's pass and the striker made no mistake, calmly slotting the ball home from 12 yards past an out-rushing Gerard Doherty.
UCD were inches away from doubling their advantage on 25 minutes when Meenan cut inside from the left but his curling right-footed shot, which had Doherty beaten, sailed just wide.
A Kevin Deery free-kick on 27 minutes found Stewart Greacen but the defender's header from six yards came back off the crossbar.
City continued to pile forward and the woodwork denied them for a second time when Daniel Lafferty's lung-bursting run ended with his left-footed shot clipping the outside of the post.
City almost levelled on 52 minutes when, after a goal-mouth scramble, Deery's low pile-driver was superbly turned around his left-hand post by Gerard Barron.
Incredibly the woodwork came to UCD's rescue again soon after when Lafferty's run and shot from a tight angle ratted the post and Eamon Zayed somehow blasted over the bar with the rebound.
The Derry men's pressure paid off and they levelled two minutes later when Zayed's controlled pass inside the six-yard box found an in-rushing Deery and he firmly planted the ball into the net.
Chris Lloyd wasted a glorious chance to regain the lead for Martin Russell's side when he was denied by a full-stretched Doherty.
And Derry deservedly grabbed a second six minutes from time when Molloy's run and cross down the right ended with his inch-perfect centre being side-footed home by substitute McDaid.
Derry City -- Doherty, McCallion (McGlynn h-t), Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; Deery, Molloy, Higgins; P McEleney (McDaid 78), McLaughlin, Zayed.
UCD -- Barron, Douglas, Russell, D O'Connor, Boyle, Corry, Marshall (Lloyd 71), Creevy, Rusk (Belhout h-t), P O'Connor, Meenan.
Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin).