McEleney sets up Derry stroll
Published 21/02/2012 | 05:00
DERRY City have set up a quarter-final clash with Linfield following a comfortable win last night.
The Candystripes, who were watched by former fans' favourite James McClean, went into the game already leading 4-0 and they could have had another hat-full against a disappointing Distillery side.
The deadlock was broken on 11 minutes when Patrick McEleney was afforded too much time and space and although the winger's 20-yard drive wasn't well struck, it still found the bottom corner.
Moments later some neat play by Simon Madden and McEleney resulted in a cross which David McDaid side-footed wide from four yards.
Declan Devine's side added a second on the hour mark winger Stephen McLaughlin unleashed a long-range drive that nestled nicely into the bottom corner.
The Brandywell men added a third soon after when McLaughlin picked out Rory Patterson and he made no mistake when blasting home.
Derry City -- Doherty, Madden (McCallion 76); S McEleney, McBride (McNamee h-t); Crossan; P McEleney, Molloy, Higgins, McLaughlin (Morrison 65); Patterson, McDaid.
Lisburn Distillery -- Brennan, Callaghan, Traynor, Hunter, Thompson, Gawley, Cooling, Gardiner (Larmour 76); Davidson (Hughes 63); Garett (Ferguson 48); Hall.
Ref -- A Hunter (Maguiresbridge).