Derry City manager Stephen Kenny described Daniel Lafferty’s strike against UCD on Friday evening as a “moment of amazing skill”.
The 39 year-old Dubliner said that he was impressed with how the Derry man took his goal and said that he effectively won the game for the Candy Stripes. The other goal of the game came courtesy of Gareth McGlynn early on in the first half.
“It was a moment of amazing skill from Daniel,” said Kenny yesterday. “He took the ball towards their area and cut inside before slapping into the net. It was a marvellous goal and one he should be very proud of. The other thing that impressed me was the fact that Daniel was still getting forward in the 89th minute - he was full of energy and, credit to him, he got his reward.”
He added: “It was a very bumpy pitch and thankfully we scored with our first oppportunity. It was a great bit of play between Gareth McGlynn and Patrick McEleney - Gareth’s finish was excellent. UCD had a few chances to equalise with a few free-kicks but we kept our composure and got the three points.”
Derry City lost their opening game of the 2011 League of Ireland Premier Division to Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell last weekend. Kenny said that Friday’s performance over Martin Russell’s men was just the kind of reaction he wanted and added that it was an impressive team display.
“I was really happy with how we played against UCD - there’s always room for improvement but I was happy with how the team performed. There were a few things said about our back four but I think the way they played against UCD on Friday answered that. Eddie McCallion was as solid as ever, Stewart Greacen and Shane McEleney looked really good together and then obviously Daniel has weighed in with a goal. What else could I ask for?”
Friday’s evening’s win means that Derry move up to fourth in the table with only two games played. Next up Kenny’s men is an away trip to Drogheda United at the Hunky Dury Stadium next Friday evening.
Kenny believes that if his team try to emulate Friday’s performance over UCD they will give themselves an excellent chance to walk away with a result.
“Mick Cooke, who used to manage Monaghan United is now the manager of Drogheda. W,e played Drogheda a few times last season so Mick will be well up to speed with what we can do but if we concentrate on ourselves and work hard during the week anything is possible.”
Meanwhile, Derry City captain Kevin Deery will take part in today’s reserve game against Bonagee United in Letterkenny while it is expected that James McClean will start a programme of light running tomorrow. Derry will also be without the services Eddie McCallion for next week’s game against Drogheda after he got a one match suspension for picking up four yellow cards last season.
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