Sunday 21 January 2018

Partnership of O'Boyle and Bradley key to reaching last eight - McIver

Eoin Bradley, Derry
Eoin Bradley, Derry

Cahair O'Kane

Derry boss Brian McIver believes a partnership between Cailean O'Boyle and Eoin Bradley will be key to his side's progression this summer.

Derry 1-16 Wexford 0-10

They will meet one of Tyrone, Tipperary, Armagh or Galway in Round Three after an ultimately comfortable win over Wexford yesterday, in which O'Boyle starred with three points from play.

Bradley played an hour after his European exploits in Belarus with Glenavon during the week, and McIver sees that combination as the key to reaching the last eight of the Championship.

"I was very tempted to take Eoin Bradley off because he had a match during the week, but I wanted him to stay on and get him playing along with Cailean. There's wee signs that's starting to happen, which is a big plus for us," said the Derry boss.

His counterpart, David Power, admitted his side were always chasing the game after a Brian Malone own goal on the half hour, but he was unhappy with a high tackle that hospitalised his influential midfielder after the game.

"I thought the tackle on Brian Malone was horrendous," said Power, who withdrew Malone in a triple half-time switch.

Two games Derry have won this summer, and both of them have been harder work than they ought to have been.

Once Malone spilled the ball into his own net five minutes from the interval and handed Derry a four-point lead,the hosts were always comfortable in Owenbeg.

By the break, the shell-shocked visitors had leaked a further three points, leaving it 1-8 to 0-4.

Wexford came out after the interval and pushed up on Derry. The first half hour of the game had been locked in a defensive maelstrom. Wexford saw Derry's one sweeper and they raised it, allowing Joey Wadding and Graeme Molloy both to sit free, with Kieran Butler dropping back.

They began by double-marking Bradley (left), until the Glenullin man came out the field. The more emphasis Wexford put on stopping him, the more space O'Boyle got.

It was O'Boyle, with the aid of Fergal Doherty, who forced the score which finally put daylight between the sides, with Malone unable to grasp the greasy rebound and spilling it over the line into his own net.

In the end, Derry cruised.

SCORERS - Derry: M Lynch 0-6 (5f), C O'Boyle 0-3, Own goal 1-0, B Heron 0-2 (1f), D Heavron, L McGoldrick, E Lynn, C McAtamney, E Bradle (1f ) 0-1 each. Wexford: C Lyng 0-5 (2f), B Brosnan 0-3 (3f), A Flynn, E Nolan 0-1 each. Derry - T Mallon 6; O Duffy 8, C McKaigue 7, D McBride 7; L McGoldrick 7, B Rogers 6, SL McGoldrick 6; N Holly 7, F Doherty 7; B Heron 7, M Lynch 7, E Lynn 6; D Heavron 7, E Bradley 6, C O'Boyle 9. Subs: T O'Brien 6 for Doherty (60), K McKaigue 6 for Rogers (60), C McAtamney 6 for Lynn (66), C Murphy 6 for E Bradley (67).

Wexford - A Masterson 6; R Tierney 6, N Rossiter 7, J Wadding 6; S Donohoe 6, G Molloy 7, A Flynn 8; S Byrne 7, B Malone 8; T Rossiter 6, B Brosnan 6, K Butler 5; C Lyng 8, M O'Regan 6, K O'Grady 6. Subs: J Breen 6 for Wadding (HT), E Nolan 6 for Byrne (HT), C Kehoe 6 for Malone (HT), J Tubritt 6 for O'Grady (61), P Byrne 6 for O'Regan (61).

REF - F Kelly (Longford)



Cailean O Boyle (Derry)

The Lavey man hit 0-3 from play but also came out in spells and won primary ball. Showed the finishing ability that has backboned his fledgling career.


This is what winning football looks like. It was as ugly for Derry fans as for Wexford’s, but Oak Leaf supporters were glad to see their side control a game.


Ciarán Lyng provided two of them, one off either foot. The one off the left, with no angle, was perhaps the best.


Whistle-happy and a shade inconsistent, but there wasn’t much refereeing in it for Fergal Kelly.



Derry 9

Wexford 8


Derry 19

Wexford 19


Derry 0

Wexford 0


Derry 4

Wexford 2




Wexford are off to Division 4 next year, while Derry wait on this morning’s draw to discover whether it’s Tyrone, Tipperary or Galway they'll face in the next round.


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