Derry City lost their second home game of the Airtricity Premier Division season when they were defeated by Shelbourne at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Derry enjoyed a decent share of possession throughout and at times, they moved the ball around well. However, when it came to creating clear cut chances the Candy Stripes were found wanting - they only managed one shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.
Shelbourne took the lead in the 71st when an unforced error by defender Shane McEleney allowed Shelbourne striker Philip Hughes into score.
The ball was played back to McEleney from the midfield area and instead of clearing the danger straight away he went to head the ball back to Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty. McEleney totally misjudged the pace of the ball and Hughes nipped in behind him and despite Doherty’s best efforts, he was able to fire the ball into the unguarded net.
Declan Devine’s men searched in earnest for an eqauliser for the next 20 minutes.
Devine even finished the game with three defenders and three strikers on the pitch, such was his desire to get something out of the game. But it wasn’t to be and Shelbourne walked away with all three points.
Friday’s game was Derry’s final fixture before the league takes a two week break. Derry’s next game is away to Cork City on Friday June 22.
DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty; Eddie McCallion (David McDaid 83 mins), Dermot McCaffrey, Shane McEleney, Simon Madden; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Stephen McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney; Owen Morrison; Rory Patterson.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Matthew Crossan, Ryan Curran, Barry McNamee, Caoimhinn Bonner, Tony McNamee.
SHELBOURNE F.C.: Dean Delaney; Stephen Paisley, Glenn Cronin (Anto Murphy 42 mins), David Cassidy, Philip Hughes; Kevin Dawson, Brian Shorthall, Paddy Kavanagh (Brendan Gill 87 mins), Barry Clancy; Philip Gorman (Paul Byrne 81 mins), Ian Ryan.
Subs not used: Andy Boyle, Paul Skinner, Sean Byrne, Conan Byrne.
REFEREE: Mr. Derek Tomney (Dublin).
See this weekend’s Sunday Journal for full reaction from Declan Devine, Barry Molloy and we even managed to catch up with former City striker Eamon Zayed who was at the Brandywell on Friday to cheer on his old club.