Barry McNamee’s 88th minute shot on goal paved the way for team-mate Rory Patterson to score the winning goal against Limerick F.C. at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Ramelton born McNamee was busy keeping tabs on Limerick midfielders Joe Gamble and David O’Leary throughout Friday’s game and said winning the match in the fashion they did is “as good a feeling as you’re going to get”.
“We have had some big scoring games this year and it’s silly to think you’ll be able to score four goals in every game so it’s nice that we got a wee bit of luck tonight,” said McNamee after the game.
“We came from behind when we played Dundalk in Oriel Park and we came from behind again tonight - it’s as good a feeling as you’re going to get.”
Steve Folan gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute but Marc Griffin equalised for Derry in the 86th minute.
Just as it looked like Derry would emerge with a valuable point, the ball fell to McNamee inside the Limerick area; the 20 year-old midfielder fired a shot across the face of goal and Patterson was quick to react and poked the ball into the net to take Derry to the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division.
“It was a dramatic last five minutes but we were really disappointed with how we performed in the first half,” said McNamee.
“I thought we played better football in the second half and whilst we didn’t create a whole lot we still managed to put them under a lot of pressure.
“I think our fitness paid off in the end. Scoring two goals like that is always great - it was hard work.”
Derry City and Sligo Rovers are both on 26 points in the Premier Division but the Candy Stripes take the top spot care of a superior goal difference.
Declan Devine’s men travel to the Sligo Showgrounds on Monday (May 6) for a top of the table clash with Ian Baraclough’s men, a game McNamee is relishing.
“We are looking forward to the game with Sligo Rovers.
“Hopefully we can go their on Monday, give them a good game and turn them over,” he said.
For Derry City manager Declan Devine’s reaction to Friday’s win see tomorrow’s Sunday Journal.