Tuesday 20 March 2018

Hughes haunts Derry once again

Derry City 0 Shelbourne 1

FOR the second time this season a Philip Hughes goal was enough for Shelbourne to defeat Derry City.

The front man fired home the winner on 71 minutes after a defensive mix-up in the City box.

Hughes had a super chance in the opening few minutes but he failed to trouble Gerard Doherty and fired wide.

Soon after, an Owen Morrison free-kick found Ruaidhri Higgins, but the midfielder headed over from just inside the six-yard box.

The visitors were inches away from taking the lead on 55 minutes when Anto Murphy's long range pile-driver was tipped over at full stretch by Doherty. Doherty was soon called into action again -- this time making another super save to keep out a David Cassidy effort.

The deadlock was eventually broken when a defensive mistake by Shane McEleney allowed Hughes to nip in and get past the out-rushing Doherty before firing home.

Five minutes from full-time a Rory Patterson flick found David McDaid inside the box, but the substitute saw his shot hit the side netting as the hosts failed to find an equaliser.

Derry City -- Doherty, Madden, McCallion (McDaid 83), McEleney, McCaffrey; P McEleney, Molloy, Higgins, McLaughlin; Morrison; Patterson.

Shelbourne -- Delaney, Clancy, Paisley, Shortall, Ryan; Kavanagh (McGill 86), Cronin (Murphy 42), Dawson, Cassidy, Hughes, Gorman (P Byrne 81).

Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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