Saturday 18 November 2017

McEneff rides to the rescue for resilient Derry

Derry City 2 St Patrick's Athletic 2

Aaron McEneff saved the day for Derry City with an 84th minute equaliser. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Aaron McEneff saved the day for Derry City with an 84th minute equaliser. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
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Derry City came from behind for a third time in a week but they can feel hard done by as they had to settle for a share of spoils against St Patrick's Athletic.

The Dubliners had Conor O'Mailey to thank for their point, as the young goalkeeper made a string of great saves in the first half.

City were dealt two injury blows prior to kick-off with both Nathan Boyle and Nicky Low picking up groin problems in the warm-up; they were replaced by Aaron McEneff and Mikhail Kennedy.

McEneff went close on eight minutes as his long-range strike was parried away by O'Mailey, with the first of a number of top-drawer saves.

St Pat's took the lead somewhat against the run of play on 21 minutes as Conan Byrne found his namesake Kurtis, who broke in behind the City defence before nut-megging the out-rushing Gerard Doherty.

Then it was the O'Mailey versus City show as the young Pat's keeper denied Harry Monaghan, Ben Doherty and Kennedy, before the home side deservedly levelled things on 39 minutes.

Striker Ronan Curtis cut in from the left before flashing a curling shot past O'Mailey and into the bottom right-hand corner.

In a much more even second half, Pat's regained the lead on 69 minutes in super fashion as Conan Byrne's sublime chip from the right-hand edge of the box sailed over Doherty.

City equalised for a second time on 84 minutes, this time McEneff blasted home from just inside the box from Conor McDermott's lay-off.

Derry City - G Doherty, McDermott, Barry, Jarvis, B Doherty; Schubert, Monaghan (Daniels 85), McEneff, Curtis; McNamee, Kennedy (Farren 63).

St Patrick's Athletic - O'Mailey, Barker, Peers, Feely, Bermingham; C Byrne, Desmond, Markey, K Byrne (O'Hanlon 79), Dennehy; Verdon (Kelly h-t).

Ref - N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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