Thursday 18 January 2018

Duffy's blaster grabs spoils for Derry

Derry City 3 Athlone Town 2

Michael Duffy's strike clinched the points for Derry City against Athlone Town
Michael Duffy's strike clinched the points for Derry City against Athlone Town

Derry City secured their second win of the campaign, but they were made to work hard for the points by a battling Athlone Town side.

A long ball over the top drew out Town 'keeper Craig Sexton; City's Enda Curran nipped in but with the goal at his mercy Rory Patterson's close-range effort hit the side netting.

Athlone opened the scoring minutes later when Kealon Dillon's cross picked out James O'Brien, who drilled the ball past Derry keeper Gerard Doherty.

Derry equalised on 23 minutes thanks to Curran who headed home from close range, after Michael Duffy's entre had picked out the striker.

The home side turned the tide on 30 minutes as they took the lead thanks to a super piece of vision by Patrick McEleney, the midfielder's pass in behind the Town defence released Patterson who rounded the out-rushing Sexton before side footing home his first goal of the campaign.

Derry added a third on 61 minutes in fantastic fashion when Curran's back heel found Duffy on the left hand side of the box and the talented winger created half a yard before blasting home. Sean Byrne missed a glorious chance on 66 minutes when from close range he some how fired over with only Doherty to beat.

Mick Cooke's side continued to pile forward and they scored a second on 75 minutes when substitute Jason Marks' sublime free-kick from the right hand side of the box flew past Doherty and into the net.

The woodwork denied Patrick McEleney on 89 minutes when after a clever run his curling 25 yard effort, which had Sexton beaten, clipped the post.

Derry City – Doherty, Collins, S McEleney, Byrne, Jarvis; P McEleney, McGovern (Stewart 69), Ventre, Duffy; E Curran, Patterson.

Athlone Town – Sexton, McMahon, S Byrne, A Byrne, Dillon (Marks 64), Hughes, Gorman, S Brennan (Sweeney 64); Rusk, O'Brien (Clancy 60), Quigley.

Referee – R Harvey (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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