Sunday 17 December 2017

McClean's crackers for Candystripes

Galway United 1 Derry City 4

Galway United manager Sean Connor has warned his squad that the July transfer window may see sweeping changes -- and last night will have done little to help him think otherwise.

Essentially this was a contest between Galway's passion and Derry's purpose and the visitors emerged the most convincing of winners.

The Candystripes' potent mixture of guile and grunt was rewarded in the 45th minute when Eamon Zayed's precise finish rattled the net.

Connor continues to get workaholic performances from his threadbare squad and Galway gave Derry a few anxious moments early on as Bobby Ryan and Sean Kelly went reasonably close with long-range efforts.

Despite Galway's enthusiasm, Derry were weaving pretty patterns as Patrick McEleney, Gareth McGlynn and Zayed all could have given the Candystripes the lead before they scored on the stroke of half-time.

Seconds after the restart a clever cameo from the menacing James McClean guided Derry two ahead as Galway were put under severe pressure.

Ryan then rolled back the years -- netting a 49th-minute goal which halved the deficit -- but a sizzling McClean goal on 55 minutes and McGlynn's 64th-minute header helped seal the win.

Galway United -- Fleming; Shaun Kelly, Sinnott, Maher, Walsh; Cash (Keogh 70), Eduardo, Sean Kelly, Ryan; Moore; Feeney (Curran 60).

Derry City -- Doherty; McCallion, S McEleney, Greacen, Lafferty; McGlynn, Deery, Higgins, McClean (McLaughlin 78); P McEleney (McCrudden 84), Zayed (McDaid 90).

Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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