Saturday 16 December 2017

McCaffrey breaks duck as Derry return to winning ways


DERRY City got back to winning ways with this comfortable success over all-but-doomed Dundalk.

The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes after a Simon Madden's cross found an unmarked David McDaid and he side-footed home his 15th goal of the campaign.

Derry doubled their lead on 48 minutes when Patrick McEleney raced clear of the defence from the half-way line, before coolly lifting the ball over Peter Cherrie.

On 80 minutes, Madden's clever flick found sub Ryan Curran, and with virtually his first touch the young strike drilled the ball home past Cherrie. Right at the death another teasing cross found Dermot McCaffrey, whose diving header was his first goal for City.

Derry City -- Doherty, Madden, S McEleney, Greacen, McCaffrey; McNamee, Higgins, Deery (Curran 68); P McEleney, McDaid (Duffy 86); Murphy.

Dundalk -- Cherrie, Foran, Whelan (Burns 61); Shields, Mountney, Shannon, McKenna (Woods 69); Shanahan, Maher, Conlon (Walsh 78), Osborne.

Ref -- Mr Rob Rogers (Dublin).

Byrne proves his class with treble



JACK BYRNE showed just why Patrick Vieira was so keen to bring him to Manchester City as he scored a hat-trick to help Ireland moved to within touching distance of a place in the elite round of the European U-17 Championship qualifiers.

Dubliner Byrne, the sole Irish outfield player on City's books, put his side in command at the break thanks to a couple of converted penalties.

Though Tauljant Sulejmanov halved the arrears with a penalty five minutes into the second half, Liverpool defender Dan Cleary restored Ireland's two-goal cushion with a 63rd-minute header, and then Byrne completed his hat-trick by firing home on the stroke of full-time.

Irish Independent

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