“End scoreline reflected the balance of play”- Hegarty

Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Derry City’s assistant manager, Paul Hegarty refused to accept claims that his side had been flattered with a 4-0 victory.

Deputising for Brandywell boss, Declan Devine, who failed to travel to O’Shea Park as his daughter was making her First Holy Communion, said the result had been a fair reflection on the balance of play.

“We played some good stuff in the first half and we created chance, after chance after chance yet we failed to score going into the half-time break,” insisted the Donegal man.

“We didn’t take advantage of any of those chances but I told the players at half-time to stick at it and keep playing the way they had been and the goals would come.”

Hegarty also praised his players who refused to panic while the score remained at 0-1 with Blarney creating scoring chances.

“We started off at a very good tempo and all we needed to be was a bit more clinical in front of goal,” continued Hegarty.

“I was delighted that we managed to keep our composure and even at 1-0 with five minutes to go, we never panicked.

“That said, the Blarney goalkeeper will not have a better day in his entire career after his performance against us.

“And that save from Michael Duffy, when he managed to push the ball up and onto the bar was incredible. It was an absolute wonder save,” maintained Hegarty when interviewed afterwards.

“Blarney were never going to roll over or lie down to be totally fair to them and they worked their socks off.

“But that’s exactly what we expected from them. In the end, we are very happy to have kept a ‘clean sheet’ and to be in the draw for the next round of the competition,” he concluded.