THE WELL worn football cliche, “a game of two halves” certainly proved true at the Brandywell last Friday night.
Indeed, during the first half Derry City appeared to be bereft of ideas, lacking in passion and, even worse, appeared to have no game-plan in death with what appeared a very competent and enthusiastic UCD side.
And members of the Brandywell Faithfull will, no doubt, have wondered how a slick passing team like UCD, were actually struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier Division table - I know I was!
The students were disciplined and professional and, it be said, their goal was beautifully crafted. In fact, for me it was one of the best team goals I have witnessed at the Brandywell this season.
However, the content of Stephen Kenny’s half-time team-talk seemed to change the pattern of the game completely and it was a different Derry City which emerged for the second period.
Bursting with energy and commitment, the “Candy Stripes” pushed forward at every available opportunity and, in the end, fully deserved to take the three points. With Gareth McGlynn adding a different dimension on the right and Barry Molloy a powerhouse at right-back, Derry City were not be denied their just reward.
The second half showed not just Derry’s talent but also the team spirit and the players deserved great credit for their recovery after what was a very poor first half display.
The second 45 minutes was magnificent to watch and sent the supporters home happy in the knowledge that Derry City remains in the mix for the major honour domestically.