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First Half Goals Seals Brandywell Victory

Match Report
// 19 Oct 2020

Dundalk made it consecutive wins on the road for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Derry City at the Brandywell on Monday evening.

First half goals from Jordan Flores and Sean Murray. Darren Cole pulled one back however it wasn’t enough and we took a deserved win.

It was Dundalk who started the brighter with David McMillan striking wide from a good move that ended with him sweeping a shot off target however it would be 1-0 in the 7th minute.

A wonderful run from Greg Sloggett allowed him to create space and laid it off to Sean Murray who powered the ball home.

Stefan Colovic fired a beautiful volley just wide of the post moments later however it would be 2-0 from that goal kick.

A mix up between two former Lilywhites Peter Cherrie and Conor Clifford let Jordan Flores in to finish brilliantly past the goalkeeper.

19 October 2020; Jordan Flores of Dundalk shoots to score his side’s second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Dundalk at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Derry would respond almost immediately though and Darren Cole finished to the net after a ball into the box fell to him and his effort went in off the post to round off what was a frantic opening 20 minutes.

Derry did get more of the ball after that and Walter Figueira had a shot go wide after Gannon miscontrolled the ball and the same Derry forward had a shot blocked by Daniel Cleary.

Gannon then crossed on the run for Murray but his effort was easy for Peter Cherrie and at the other end, Aaron McCarey dealt with an Ibrahim Meite shot with ease from the edge of the area.

It was the hosts who finished the half the stronger with Figueira forcing a good save from McCarey and then Adam Hammill slashing a shot well wide of the goal.

The second half was bereft of much action from the re-start whistle until the last quarter of an hour with just substitutions happening in between.

19 October 2020; Conor Clifford of Derry City in action against Michael Duffy of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Dundalk at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Dundalk were happy to retain possession without threatening and the closest they came was Sloggett’s dangerous cross looking certain for Hoban however Cherrie grabbed.

It would be McCarey at the other end who would keep the Lilywhites in front as he produced two stunning saves in quick succession.

Clifford was first and he teed himself up brilliantly and unleashed his strike which the goalkeeper got down well to his left to tip around the post.

From that corner, the ball was rolled short to Malone and he shot quickly however McCarey was once again equal to it.

19 October 2020; Sean Murray, left, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal with team-mate Michael Duffy during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Dundalk at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The Lilywhites almost put the icing on the cake when Patrick McEleney attempted a curled free-kick however Cherrie got across to save.

That was the final action and the Lilywhites go into their UEFA Europa League campaign on a high with a fine performance on Foyleside.

DERRY CITY: Peter Cherrie; Darren Cole (Colm Horgan 630, Eoin Toal, Cameron McJannet, Ciaran Coll; Jack Malone (Joe Thomso 83), Ciaron Harkin (capt), Conor Clifford; Adam Hammill, Ibrahim Meite (Gerardo Bruno 69), Walter Figueira.

Substitutes not used: Nathan Gartside (GK),  Jake Dunwoody, Ronan Boyce, Mark McChrystal.

Booked: Clifford (70)

Sent off: None.

DUNDALK: Aaron McCarey; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle (capt), Darragh Leahy; Sean Murray (John Mountney 61) Jordan Flores (Chris Shields 52); Stefan Colovic (Patrick McEleney 610, Greg Sloggett, Michael Duffy (Cameron Dummigan 84); David McMillan (Patrick Hoban 52).

Substitutes not used:  Gary Rogers (GK), Brian Gartland.

Booked: Shields (87)

Sent off: None.

Referee: Rob Harvey