Monday 11 December 2017

Doherty defiant but Onuachu hat-trick seals Derry's fate

Derry City 1-4 Midtjylland (Midtjylland win 10-2 on agg)

Ronan Curtis of Derry City in action against Andre Remer of Midtjylland. Photo: Sportsfile
Ronan Curtis of Derry City in action against Andre Remer of Midtjylland. Photo: Sportsfile

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Danish side Midtjylland showed their class throughout to easily see off a spirited Derry City side last night.

Leading 6-1 from the first leg, the Superliga men were always on the front foot in this encounter and in striker Paul Onuachu, they had a big front man who netted a hat-trick.

It could have been more as City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty produced a string of top-drawer saves to deny efforts from Onuachu, Jakob Poulsen and Tim Sparv.

The visitors raced into a seventh-minute lead as Nigerian striker Onuachu made no mistake when firing home from close range.

Paul Onuachu, second from left, of Midtjylland celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Rilwan Hassan. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Paul Onuachu, second from left, of Midtjylland celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Rilwan Hassan. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

He netted his second on 38 minutes as Poulsen's corner wasn't dealt with properly by the Derry defence.

Attempts Derry pulled a goal back on 41 minutes thanks to Aaron McEneff who scored his seventh goal of the season.

However, substitute Gustav Wikheim netted Midtjylland's third goal on 59 minutes as the Norwegian fired home past Doherty, despite the 'keeper's best attempts to keep it out.

Ten minutes later, Onuachu finally completed his hat-trick as another Poulsen pass released Wikheim inside the box and his clever flick found the Nigerian striker who side-footed home from close range.

In the closing minutes Doherty had to made another top save to keep out Tim Sparv's long-range drive.

Derry City - G Doherty, Monaghan, Whiteside (Todd 71), Jarvis, B Doherty; Schubert, McEneff, Low, Holden (Timlin 76), Curtis; Boyle (Patterson 62).

Midtjylland - J Hansen, Romer (Nissen 70), Riis (K Hansen h-t), Korcsmar, Dal Hende; Sparv; Drachmann, Poulsen; Kroon (Wikheim 58), Onuachu, Hassan.

Ref - R Obrenovic (Slovenia)

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