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Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 18, 2014
Venue: United Park
Att: 688
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Cathal Brady 56' -
Scored: 56'




League Report: Drogheda United 1 - 0 Derry City

Mon, Aug 18 2014

Credit: Larry McQuillan

In a game of few chances, Cathal Brady’s second half strike was the difference as Drogheda United defeated Derry City 1-0 at a cold and windy United Park.

 

Drogheda manager Damien Richardson opted for two changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Bohemians last Friday as Garreth Brady and Michael Daly started in place of the suspended pair of Gavin Brennan and Gavan Holohan.

 

Despite being an injury concern in the run up to the game, Rory Patterson led the line for the Candystripes as they aimed to put consecutive defeats to Shamrock Rovers and Cork City behind them but the visitors were second best in the opening stages.

 

United created the first chance of the game early on as Garreth Brady’s corner from the right landed kindly for Peter McGlynn but the midfielder’s 20 yard volley was off target.

 

Shane Grimes, who is yet to score for United this season, ventured forward from left back on 14 minutes and enterprising play between Carl Walshe and Gary O’Neill saw the latter pick out the defender inside the box but his tame effort was pushed away by Gerard Doherty.

 

Two further half chances fell the way of United in the opening half hour as Garreth Brady’s well struck 25 yard free-kick flew narrowly over the Derry crossbar and from another set piece, Ciaran McGuigan crossed for O’Neill at the back post only for the striker to be put off by the aerial challenge of Dean Jarvis.

 

The game was lacking quality up that point until Rory Patterson created a yard of space on the left hand side of goal and his stunning effort from distance seemed destined for the top corner until Michéal Schlingermann’s impressive intervention resulted in the ball being diverted for a corner kick.

 

City were ending the half stronger and incisive play down the left led to the ball being worked to Josh Tracey on the edge of the box and the winger’s goal bound strike was deflected wide by a last ditch block from McGuigan as Derry chased the opener. 

 

Both sides started the second period with more vigor and intensity and United should have taken the lead within the opening minute. Grimes, who was an attacking threat all game, sprinted past Shaun Kelly and his low delivery from the byline was inch perfect for O’Neill only for a fingertip intervention from Doherty to deny the striker.

 

Drogheda weren’t to be denied for long though as on 56 minutes, Carl Walshe dribbled beyond Kelly down the left and his clipped cross was volleyed by Cathal Brady past the helpless Doherty for the winger’s second goal in four games.

 

Given their lead, the hosts seemed content to sit back and soak up Derry pressure as the Candystripes struggled to create genuine goal scoring chances. A scramble in the Drogheda box on 66 minutes saw the ball fall to Patterson but the striker failed to connect cleanly with his diving header as United cleared the danger.

 

In spite of Derry’s stranglehold of possession, the Boynesiders were the ones threatening the double their advantage as Garreth Brady’s deflected strike bounced kindly for McGlynn but the midfielder couldn’t beat Doherty at his near post.

 

The visitors continued to huff and puff in the closing stages of the games but their play was devoid of invention as Drogheda comfortably saw out their third victory in their last five games to rise within two points of sixth place Derry.

 

 

Drogheda United: Micheál Schlingermann; Shane Grimes, Alan McNally, Ciarán McGuigan, Daire Doyle; Peter McGlynn, Mick Daly, Garreth Brady (Paul Crowley 83), Cathal Brady (Paul Andrews 90), Carl Walshe; Gary O’Neill (Declan O’Brien 87).
Subs not used: Roy Kierans, Dylan Connolly, Sean O’Connor, Ciaran O’Connor.

Booked: Gary O’Neill (77)

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Shane McEleney, Shaun Kelly, Dean Jarvis, Cliff Byrne (Barry McNamee 74); Joshua Tracey, Mark Timlin (Stephen Dooley 61), Barry Molloy, Philip Lowry, Nathan Boyle (Patrick McEleney 46); Rory Patterson.
Subs not used: Seán Houston, Ciaran Gallagher, Ryan Curran, Aaron Barry.

Booked: Patterson (60), Dooley (67), Jarvis (78), S McEleney (90).

 

Referee: Sean Grant

Attendance: 688

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Gary O’Neill (Drogheda United)

 



Drogheda United
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Ciarán McGuigan
62Booked: 62'
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Daire Doyle
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Peter McGlynn
Midfielder
Michael Daly
Midfielder
Gareth Brady
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfielder
Cathal Brady
56Scored: 56'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Carl Walshe
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
77Booked: 77'
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Forward

Substitutes
Roy Kierans
Defender
Paul Crowley
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Dylan Connolly
Goalkeeper
Paul Andrews
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Defender
Declan O'Brien
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Forward
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Ciaran O'Connor
Defender
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Shane McEleney
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Dean Jarvis
Defender
78Booked: 78'
Cliff Byrne
Defender 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Joshua Daniels
Midfielder
48Booked: 48'
Mark Timlin
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Philip Lowry
Midfielder
Nathan Boyle
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Rory Patterson
Forward
60Booked: 60'

Substitutes
Barry McNamee
Midfield
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Patrick McEleney
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Sean Houston
Midfield
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Stephen Dooley
Midfield
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
67Booked: 67'
Ryan Curran
Forward
Aaron Barry
Defender


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