Friday 20 July 2018

Five-star Derry rise above Low's red

Derry City 5-1 Bray Wdrs

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Photo: Sportsfile
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Photo: Sportsfile

Derry City's resurgence continued as they swept aside a poor Bray Wanderers team despite playing much off the second half with 10 men.

Leading through a first-half Rory Patterson goal, City looked comfortable until a surprise red card for Nicky Low in the early stages of the second half. But if Bray thought the game was turning in their favour they were sorely mistaken as Derry scored twice in four minutes to end the game as a contest.

Bray shot themselves in the foot spectacularly as Kevin Lynch's back header was woefully short and Ronan Curtis nipped in and cleverly lobbed Aaron Dillon with his knee to make it 2-0 and give the Candystripes breathing space with his fourth goal of the season.

Bray were still recovering from that when they conceded a third, Aaron McEneff cheekily dinking a penalty down the middle to put the game beyond doubt.

Derry were rampant and they duly made it 4-0 on 73 minutes when Ronan Hale broke with pace and backed himself, sweeping the ball past an exposed Dillon for his fifth goal in three games.

Bray, who showed little ambition until Low's red card, did manage to get on the scoresheet when Sean Heaney headed in from a corner but the goal came much too late to have any impact on the game.

City then made it five for the second game running as David Hopkirk, on the pitch less than a minute, fired home with his first touch after a drilled cross from Conor McDermott.

Derry City - Doherty, Toal, Cole, Doyle, McDermott, McEneff, Low, Hale (Hopkirk 86) , Curtis, Patterson (Doherty 59').

Bray wdrs - Dillon, Douglas, Lynch, Heaney, O'Connor, Galvin (J Kelly 72'), Sullivan, Greene (Pender 86'), McKenna, Coughlan (D Kelly 76'), D Noone.

REF - D McGraith.

Irish Independent

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