Thursday 26 April 2018

Zayed does the trick as Derry teach harsh lesson to Students


Gareth McGlynn returned from injury to help lift Derry into seventh heaven at the Brandywell, but it was Eamon Zayed who went home with the match ball after grabbing a hat-trick.

City took the lead on 26 minutes when Patrick McEleney won possession from Sean Harding before finding James McClean, who in turn fed the in-rushing McGlynn, and he skipped through the UCD back-line before hammering home.

The home side were inches away from doubling their lead on 44 minutes when another flowing move ended with McEleney's pass finding Zayed, but the striker's well-hit drive was tipped onto the post by 'keeper Gerard Barron.


City doubled their lead on 51 minutes when McGlynn's inch-perfect centre found an unmarked Zayed and he made no mistake, heading home his 100th career goal.

Soon after Zayed went close again but his diving header was saved by Barron, after McGlynn had picked him out with a delicious centre.

The Brandywell men added a third on 56 minutes. This time McClean's left-wing centre went all the way to the back post were McGlynn gleefully fired past a flat-footed Barron.

Derry made it four just after the hour mark when another quick break ended with McGlynn's right-wing cross finding an unmarked McClean and he easily guided the ball home.

Substitute David McDaid grabbed a fifth from the penalty spot on 80 minutes, after he was brought down inside the area by Ciaran Nangle; the defender was also shown a straight red card by referee Ritchie Winter.

Zayed completed his hat-trick when he netted twice in the closing stages, firstly heading home Stephen McLaughlin's centre on 83 minutes, before blasting home five minutes from time to leave a dejected UCD facing a long and miserable journey home.

Derry City -- Doherty, Harkin, Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; McGlynn (McDaid 74); McBride, Higgins, McClean (McLaughlin 81); P McEleney (McCrudden 86); Zayed.

UCD -- Barron, Harding, Nangle, Haro, O'Connor, Corry (Belhout 66); Marshall, Creevy, Rusk, Ledwith, Meenan.

Ref -- R Winter (Wicklow).

Irish Independent

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