Duffy repays Devine's faith in youth
Shelbourne 0 Derry City 1
Derry City boss Declan Devine promised to keep giving youth its fling after Michael Duffy became the latest Foylesider to make an impact as the Candystripes visited Tolka Park.
Nineteen-year-old Duffy capped a smashing individual display with a 64th-minute goal that shrugged off Shelbourne's spirited resistance.
Rory Patterson manufactured the chance for Duffy, who squeezed a splendid shot to the back of the Shelbourne net from an acute angle.
Devine was satisfied with Duffy's crafty contribution. "Michael is another young player coming through the system. We have always said that it doesn't matter what age you are if you're good enough. I am quite happy to let guys play," he said.
Shelbourne were gritty throughout, but their failure to convert early on was crucial according to boss Johnny McDonnell: "It is a worry not to get a point especially at home. We had enough good chances."
Shelbourne – Burdon; Flynn, Ryan, Gartland, Memery; Brennan, Hurley, Bayly (Cronin 46), Hanlon (Tinnelly 68); Kelly; Leech (Hughes 71).
Derry City – Doherty; Madden, McBride, S McEleney, McNamee; P McEleney, Higgins, Deery (Houston 78), Duffy; Kavanagh (Griffin 84); Patterson.
Ref – D Tomney (Dublin).