Wednesday 26 July 2017

Super Doherty denies Galway with string of great saves

Galway United 0-0 Derry City

Galway's Lee Grace in action against Nathan Boyle of Derry City . Photo: Sportsfile
Galway's Lee Grace in action against Nathan Boyle of Derry City . Photo: Sportsfile

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Galway United kept a clean sheet for the first time this season but it was visiting goalkeeper Ger Doherty who was the key figure in this re-arranged clash at Eamonn Deacy Park.

The Derry skipper was outstanding, producing a string of top-class saves to give the Candystripes a deserved share of the spoils.

Barry McNamee of Derry City competes against David Cawley for possession. Photo: Sportsfile
Barry McNamee of Derry City competes against David Cawley for possession. Photo: Sportsfile

But the experienced keeper was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after five minutes when he handled a chip from Padraic Cunningham outside his box.

Aaron McEneff and Barry McNamee impressed as Derry mounted a series of attacks in the opening half, with Ronan Curtis forcing Conor Winn into a reflex save after 11 minutes.

Galway, unbeaten in their last four league matches, got on top after the restart, but Cunningham failed to get power into an overhead kick, while at the other end some super work by Josh Daniels created an opening.

The home team should have broken the deadlock from gilt-edged chances in the final quarter.

Galway manager Shane Keegan. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway manager Shane Keegan. Photo: Sportsfile

Kevin Devaney failed to make the most of a free header after 69 minutes.

Just over a minute later, good work down the right by Gary Shanahan set up Ronan Murray, who was denied by Doherty.

Then, two minutes from time, Doherty produced a superb reflex save to tip over an effort from Cunningham.

It was frustrating for the Tribesmen, but the point was enough to take them off the bottom of the table.

Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Shanahan, Holohan (Byrne 93), Cawley, Devaney; Cunningham, Murray.

Derry City - G Doherty; McDermott, Barry, Jarvis, B Doherty; Daniels (Schubert 77), Monaghan, McEneff (Holden 83), Curtis; McNamee, Boyle (Low 67).

ref - R Hennessy (Limerick)

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