Sunday 25 February 2018

In Brief: Derry get upper hand in Cup dress rehearsal

And Bohemians beat Bray Wanderers

Derry City 2

St Patrick's Athletic 1

FIRST-HALF goals from Simon Madden and David McDaid gave Derry victory in a dress rehearsal for the FAI Cup final.

The Candystripes got the perfect start when they broke the deadlock on five minutes after a tremendous pass by Stewart Greacen.

A super ball over the St Pat's defence found Madden, who made no mistake, turning the ball home past Barry Murphy.

City doubled their lead just before the break when Barry McNamee released McDaid and his low drive found the net.

St Pat's pulled one back in fortunate circumstances on 57 minutes when Greacen's misplaced pass only found Chris Forrester, who made no mistake.

Derry City -- Doherty, Madden, Greacen, S McEleney, McCaffrey; P McEleney (Brolly 85), Molloy (Deery h-t); Higgins, McNamee, McLaughlin; McDaid (Murphy 70).

St Patrick's Athletic -- Murphy, Carroll, Kenna, Chambers, Fagan (Flood 58); Flynn, Browne, Forrester, Russell, Kelly (Meenan 56 (Bolger 81)); Faherty.

Ref -- D McKeon (Dublin).

Bray Wanderers 1

Bohemians 4

Bohemians kept their bid for a top-six finish alive by beating 10-man Bray at the Carlisle Grounds.

Having been booked for a foul on Dinny Corcoran in the 28th minute, Dave Webster miscontrolled the ball just 90 seconds later and impeded Keith Buckley, which led to his dismissal.

Two goals in as many minutes saw Bohs blow the Seagulls out of the water. First Dave Mulcahy was played through to clip over the advancing Brian Kane in the 51st minute. Then in the 53rd minute, Andy Mulligan sent over a hanging cross from the left which the sliding Keith Buckley converted.

Yet the hosts made it 2-1 just before the hour. Kieran Waters was fouled by Michael Barker and Jason Byrne registered his first goal since July by converting the penalty.

But in the 68th minute Andy Mulligan smashed a half volley past Kane, then in stoppage-time Ryan McEvoy fired in a brilliant 25-yard shot to extended the Dubliners' unbeaten run to five games.

Bray Wanderers -- Kane; Doyle, Webster, Danny O'Connor, Knight; Kevin O'Connor; Mulroy (Moffatt 72), Houston; Marshall (Dixon 66), Waters; Byrne (Georgiev 88).

Bohemians -- Murray; Barker, McMillan, Feely, Byrne (Connolly 76); Buckley, McEvoy, Mulcahy, Traynor (Ward 63), Mulligan (Deveney 74); Corcoran.

Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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