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Date: 7:45 p.m. June 29, 2012
Venue: The Brandywell
Att: 1,100 (est)
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Scored: 9'
- Gavin Brennan 9'

Scored: 48'
- Gavin Brennan 48'

Scored: 56'
- Declan O'Brien 56'



Derry City 0 - 3 Drogheda United

Fri, Jun 29 2012

Drogheda ruthlessly disposed of Derry City by three goals to nil in the Brandywell on Friday night to move into third place in the Airtricity Premier division.

 

Derry made most of the running in the opening minutes with Rory Patterson called back by the referee when he looked to be through on goal.

 

Gradually Drogheda came into the game and the Derry rearguard seemed jittery as Gavin and Sean Brennan began to stretch play on either wing.

 

The Candystripes were undone on the ninth minute by a harmless ball down the middle which had their defence scrambling. Gavin Brennan was too quick for Michael Barr as the ball bounced just outside the six-yard area and he nipped in to prod the ball home.

 

The Drogheda midfield were now growing in confidence as they began to find their colleagues with increasing regularity.

 

It wasn’t until the half hour mark that Derry had their first serious attempt on goal when David McDaid was played in by a neat ball by Rory Patterson. The shot was straight at the goalkeeper though.

 

It did signal a period of pressure for the home-side in which they received a flurry of free-kicks, all in a similar position – around 20 yards from and central to the Drogheda goal.

 

Each one was wasted as first Ruaidhri Higgins, then Stephen McLaughlin (twice) and finally Patrick McEleney failed to find the required accuracy to gain their side an equaliser.

 

Drogheda flew out of the blocks on the resumption of the game after half-time and it wasn’t long before they doubled their advantage.

 

Some neat interplay between the United forwards saw Ryan Brennan pick out his brother Gavin in the area and the club’s former player of the year made no mistake as he slotted high into the City net.

 

Drogheda were now rampant and it didn’t take them long to add to their score and again it was a goal that was more a Derry defensive error than Drogheda invention.

 

Having said that, Declan O’Brien was coolness personified as he intercepted Simon Madden’s woeful throw-in, before lobbing the onrushing Gerard Doherty in the home net.

 

Derry finally began to enjoy some possession after that but by this time the match was all but dead as a contest.

 

Declan Devine will take some positives at the way his young side battled on and dominated the final third of the game despite the loss of the two McEleneys but will rue the defensive frailties that rendered a difficult task impossible.

 

As for Mick Cooke, he can only be delighted at the way his team exposed the Derry defence without having to get out of third gear.

 

Whisper it, but Drogheda will have to be considered viable title challengers on the back of this win.

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Eddie McCallion, Shane McEleney (Ryan Curran 62), Dermot McCaffrey; Michael Barr (Barry McNamee 85), Ruaidhri Higgins, Patrick McEleney  (Owen Morrison 53), Stephen McLaughlin; David McDaid, Rory Patterson.

Subs Not Used: Eugene Ferry, Tony McNamee, Matthew Henry.

 

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava; Stephen Quigley, Derek Prendergast, Alan McNally, Conor McMahon; Ryan Brennan, Eric Foley, Paul Crowley (Cathal Brady 75), Gavin Brennan; Peter Hynes (Tiarnan Mulvenna 68), Declan O’Brien (John Breen  85).

Subs Not Used: Stephen Trimble, Mark O’Brien,  Dean Marshall, Conor O’Keefe.

 

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).

Attendance: 1,100 (Estimate)

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Gavin Brennan (Drogheda United).

 



Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Shane McEleney
Defender
Eddie McCallion
Defender
Dermot McCaffrey
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Stephen McLaughlin
40Booked: 40'
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
Michael Barr
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
90Booked: 90'
Forward
David McDaid
Forward

Substitutes
Owen Morrison
Midfield
Tony McNamee
Midfield
Barry McNamee
Midfield
Matthew Henry
Midfield
Eugene Ferry
Goalkeeper
Ryan Curran
Forward
Drogheda United
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Conor McMahon
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Stephen Quigley
Defender
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Gavin Brennan
Midfielder
9Scored: 9'
48Scored: 48'
Paul Crowley
Midfielder
44Booked: 44'
Eric Foley
Midfielder
61Booked: 61'
Peter Hynes
Forward
Declan O'Brien
Forward
56Scored: 56'

Substitutes
Cathal Brady
Midfield
Johnny Breen
Forward
Dean Marshall
Midfield
Tiarnan Mulvenna
Forward
Mark O'Brien
Midfield
Conor O'Keeffe
Defender
Stephen Trimble
Goalkeeper


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