Inish men ‘Cock-a-Hoop’ as Derry survive Salthill shock

�Lorcan Doherty Photography.  6th August 2010. Airtricity League First Division. Derry City V Monaghan United. Derry's Emmet Friars celebrates his goal.'Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

�Lorcan Doherty Photography. 6th August 2010. Airtricity League First Division. Derry City V Monaghan United. Derry's Emmet Friars celebrates his goal.'Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

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DERRY City may have dominated the League Cup down the years, but they made life difficult for themselves in Salthill last night, winning 4-2 after extra-time with two goals coming within the final 10 minutes.

With 110 minutes gone Derry finally moved into the driving seat thanks to a scrambled effort following a Gareth McGlynn corner, both debutant Ryan McBride and Danny Lafferty getting touches before the ball had been bundled home.

And then McGlynn, who made the difference following his second half introduction, but the First Division out of their misery and out of this season’s competition when the Inch man drove the ball home four minutes later to finally end what had been a particularly hard shift for the “Candy Stripes.”

Clearly struggling in front of goal throughout, Derry may have dominated the possession but they struggled in the final third against a team they actually defeated 7-0 and 5-1 at this venue last season when in the lower league.

Derry actually started the game in lively fashion with both David McDaid and James McClean getting shots on the Salthill goal but both failed to work keeper, Bernard Power.

And as the half progressed, the visitors always appeared to be comfortable, with Salthill happy to sit back and allow Derry control the ball.

However, the “Candy Stripes” failed to adequately test the home keeper and their failure to do that began to given the home side confidence.

Indeed, in the 17th minute, Derry almost paid the penalty due to hesitancy in defence with reserve keeper, Eugene Ferry racing from his line to intercept the ball.

But Salthill’s left winger, French man Etanda Nkololo exhibited superb pace to get their first and eventually flash a shot across the face of goal, fortunately for Derry there were no takers from the home side’s point of view.

Derry’s dithering in a midfield area which they failed to control eventually cost them dearly when the unthinkable occurred in the 36th minute.

Salthill midfielder, Ronan Conlon, launched the ball forward from midfield and with Eddie McCallion and Ferry appeared to have differing views, Nkololo used his pace again and as Ferry began to race back to his goal, the winger unleashed a superb shot from 20 yards, the ball crashing into the unguarded net.

Derry continued to boss the ball after the goal but their failure to supply that incisive pass into front men, Eamon Zayed or David McDaid, continued to let them down.

The arrival of Gareth McGlynn from the bench came as no surprise, replacing Stephen McLaughlin and McGlynn certainly made an impression.

Clearly upping the ante, Derry equalised 10 minutes into the second half through a route one approach.

Eugene Ferry launched it long, Eamon Zayed flicked on and James McClean controlled the ball on his chest before producing a powerful volley into the net.

But Salthill were not finished and the sensationally took a 2-1 lead four minutes later. The ball was crossed into the danger area before Ferry made a good save parrying the ball out before it was bundled home by Victor Collins.

Derry huffed and puffed and got the equaliser their play deserved when a Gareth McGlynn corner was headed home at the back post by Emmet Friars in the 73rd minute.

Friars went close again minutes later from a similar move but for all their effort and endeavour, the visitors failed to stop this tie going into added time.

With Derry continuing to boss the match during the first period of extra-time, Ruairi Harkin missed a glorious chance to win it, the midfield directing his shot wide when well placed.

SALTHILL DEVON – Power; Greaney, Fadden, Quinlan, O’Leidhin (Lyons, 89); Nkololo, Straut, McConnell (Geraghty, 78), Conlon; Collins, Howley.

DERRY CITY – Ferry; McCallion, R. McBride, Friars, Lafferty; McLaughlin (McGlynn, h-t), Harkin, T. McBride, McClean; Zayed (Curran, 118mins), McDaid.

REFEREE – Rob Rogers (Dublin).

Cockhill Joy

Meanwhile Paul McKinney was the two-goal hero last night as Cockhill Celtic fought back from one down to dump Galway United out of the EA Sports League Cup at Terryland Park.

Donal O’Brien’s side went into the games as massive underdogs against the senior team but fully deserved what is one of the biggest results in the Inishowen club’s history.

Galway had taken a 37th minute lead when substitute Neil Keane’s cut back was finished by Yoffe from 2 yards.

But back came the Inishowen men with William O’connor heading home the equaliser less than sixty seconds later. They went on front on the stroke of half-time when corner for the visitors wasn’t cleared and McKinley climed highest to place the ball into the corner of the net.

The goal that clinched the game arrived just after half time. A great ball from Gill on the left hand side was curled into the box where McKinley grabbed his second of the night after beating Sinnot to the ball.