Derry profit from Waterford gifts
Derry City 3 Waterford 2
Derry City held on to see off Waterford at the end of a thrilling encounter at the Brandywell last night as two own goals proved to be the visitors' downfall.
Zachary Elbouzedi missed a great chance to give Waterford the lead on 12 minutes as he went through on goal only to see his effort saved by Peter Cherrie. Derry took the lead within seconds, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe finding Ciaron Harkin who swept home brilliantly from the edge of the area.
They should have doubled the lead 10 minutes before the break when Barry McNamee played David Parkhouse through on goal but the striker could not beat Matt Connor who saved well. Waterford drew level on the hour mark when Darren Cole fouled Bastien Hery in the box. Shane Duggan stepped up and rolled the ball past Cherrie.
The game swung back in Derry's favour with just 15 minutes remaining when Patrick McClean's sensational cross from the left was put into his own net by Rory Feely.
Five minutes from the end Derry benefited from another own goal, Harkin's cross turned into his own net by Georgie Poynton. But Waterford ensured a nervy finale when Cory Galvin found the net from 30 yards.
DERRY CITY - Cherrie, Cole, Toal, Gilchrist, McClean, Sloggett, Harkin (Bruna 87')McNamee, McCrudden (Delap 70') Parkhouse, Ogedi-Uzokwe.
Waterford - Connor, Feely, Lynch (Poynton 30'), Duggan, Browne, Lunney, Drinan ( Akinade 63') Twine (Galvin 57'), Elbouzedi, Delaney, Hery.
REF - N Doyle