Tuesday 25 July 2017

McNamee fires home to grab deserved leveller for Candystripes

Derry City 1-1 Limerick

Derry City deserved to take their share of the spoils (stock photo)
Derry City deserved to take their share of the spoils (stock photo)
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Derry City came from behind for the second game in succession to secure a deserved point against Limerick.

Barry McNamee netted his fifth goal of the season, to cancel out Shane Duggan's first-half opener for the visitors.

Kenny Shiels' side were disappointing for long periods of the first half but livened up after the interval.

Limerick opened the scoring on 12 minutes in super fashion, as Ben Doherty easily gave away possession to Duggan and the midfielder made no mistake, as his curling left footed strike flew past the despairing dive of Gerard Doherty.

In what was a disappointing first half, the home side again struggled to get going into the game with McNamee's curling strike from 25 yards flying well over. Derry brought on striker Ronan Curtis at half-time, replacing the disappointing Mark Timlin, as the home side looked to get a foothold in the game.

And their positivity paid off as City levelled things on 60 minutes as McNamee's fantastic 25-yard free-kick gave Limerick keeper Brendan Clarke no chance and flew into the net.

Limerick, to their credit, went close to regaining the lead twice in quick succession but the impressive Rodrigo Tosi was denied by Doherty on both occasions. Then on 70 minutes Clarke made a stunning save to tip over Curtis' 20-yard effort, as Derry pushed forward to get a winner but it failed to materialise.

Derry City - G Doherty, McDermott, Barry, Jarvis, B Doherty; Schubert (Kennedy 76), Monaghan, Low, Timlin (Curtis h-t); McNamee, Boyle.

Limerick - Clarke, Kelly, Williams, O'Conor, Lynch, Duggan, Tosi, Whitehead, Robson, Mulhall (Clarke 69), Ogbene.

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin)

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