Thursday 26 April 2018

Aaron McEneff brace halts Hoops run

Derry City 3 Shamrock Rovers 1

Tough night for Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tough night for Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Aaron McEneff bagged a brace to help Derry City get back to winning ways, ending Shamrock Rovers’ good run at a rain-soaked Maginn Park.

City broke the deadlock in sublime fashion in the fifth minute as midfielder McEneff fired home from the edge of the box, giving Rovers keeper Tomer Chencinski no chance.

Rovers equalised on stunning style on 20 minutes as Gary Shaw’s lay-off found Graham Burke, and with his weaker right foot the midfielder sent a rocket past City keeper Gerard Doherty from the left-hand side of the box.

Derry went back in front on 45 minutes after a flowing move ended with Lukas Schubert finding Barry McNamee, who beat Chencinski from close range.

Rovers started the second half on the front foot, but it was City who went close to extending their lead on 55 minutes as Ronan Curtis’ curling effort was kept out by a fully stretched Chencinski.

Stephen Bradley’s side thought they had levelled things on 76 minutes but their celebrations were cut short when Brandon Miele’s effort was ruled out for a foul on Doherty.

Right at the death David Webster brought down Curtis inside the box and referee Ben Connolly, who had a good game, pointed to the spot, and McEneff made no mistake with the penalty.

Derry City – G Doherty, McDermott, Barry, Jarvis (B Doherty 86); Schubert (Daniels 81), Low, McEneff, Monaghan, Curtis (Timlin 90); McNamee; Boyle.

Shamrock Rovers – Chencinski, Byrne, Webster, Lopes (Heaney 68), Finn, Miele, Shaw, McAllister, Madden, Clarke (Meenan 61), Burke (O’Connor 81).

Ref – B Connolly (Dublin).

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