Tuesday 12 December 2017

Derry keep up push for title

DERRY City kept up their Premier Division title hopes with a hard-fought 2-0 win over a Dundalk side missing seven first-team players at Oriel Park yesterday.

Eamon Zayed gave the Candystripes the lead when he headed home from Daniel Lafferty's cross on 13 minutes. However, the home side enjoyed the best of the chances after that with Chris Reilly only denied an equaliser seven minutes into the second half by a superb block from Gareth McGlynn.

Stephen Kenny's side have no room for error if they are to claim a first league title in 14 years but made sure of the win four minutes from time when man of the match Lafferty headed home from Stephen McLaughlin's corner.

Dundalk: P Murphy; Madden, C Byrne, Breen, N Murphy; Reilly (McKenna 75), McDonnell, Ward, Gaynor (McDonald 87); Quigley, J Byrne.

Derry City: Doherty; Molloy, Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; McGlynn, Deery, Higgins, McLaughlin; P McEleney, Zayed.

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

Ireland hopes hit by defeat

IRELAND's under 19 team have their own 'Super Tuesday' to encounter after yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina set their UEFA qualification ambitions back.

Paul Doolin's side couldn't follow up Thursday's 4-1 thrashing of mini-group hosts Bulgaria with another victory in Plovdiv which would have sealed their passage into the elite phase.

Instead, goals by Marko Maletic on 27 minutes and Sanjin Prcic six minutes from full-time meant Bosnia and Herzegovina claimed one of the two qualification berths with Tuesday's final round still left to play.

Victory in their concluding game over Russia, beaten in both their matches so far, will ensure Ireland progress to the next phase, but defeat would spell elimination.

Buckley wraps it up for Bohs

A goal in each half from top scorer Christy Fagan and winger Keith Buckley saw Bohemians beat UCD in front of just 667 fans at Dalymount Park last night.

Bohs had the ball in the net on 18 minutes, but assistant Rhona Daly's flag meant Gary Burke's goal was chalked off. The opener came in the 23rd minute.

UCD right-back Hugh Douglas' pass put David OConnor in trouble, Buckley nicked the ball and played Fagan through, and he calmly slotted past Mark McGinley. That was the ex-Man United man's 13th goal of the season.

Although limiting UCD to few chances, Pat Fenlon will have puffed a sigh of relief when Buckley finally made it 2-0 in the 89th minute.

The winger latched onto Stephen Traynor's pass to finish well and secure the three points.

The Gypises could even afford to see Anto Flood blaze a 93rd-minute penalty over the crossbar after Danny Ledwith had fouled Ger O'Brien.

Kenna rocks Sligo title tilt

It was a night of missed opportunities for Sligo Rovers, not just in front of goal but also in the larger context of this League of Ireland season, as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat to St Pat's at Richmond Park.

Sligo are now just two points clear of second-placed Shamrock Rovers, who have also played two games fewer.

The only break Sligo got was a bad one, when, after 67 minutes, Conor Kenna luckily got a touch to convert Stephen Bradley's free-kick and put St Pat's ahead.

Alan Kirby struck the Saints' crossbar with three minutes left and both Gavin Peers and Rafael Cretaro forced Gary Rogers into clever saves in injury-time. Richie Ryan then struck the post, but Pat's held on.

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