MICHAEL Duffy was hailed a hero at Dalymount Park last night, the teenagers late, late strikes confirming his home town club’s presence in the last four of the EA SPORTS Cup.
And it was a fitting reward for the North-West Institute student, who put in a top notch performance in the company of Patrick McEleney who also impressed on the night.
Duffy has added to his opening senior goal against Shelbourne a few weeks ago, as the “Candy Stripes” deserved their second victory over Bohemians in the space of four days.
The games opening goal, which arrived in the 82nd minute, was fashioned by an excellent cross from Barry McNamee with Duffy controlling the ball on the edge of the Bohemians penalty area before squeezing his shot underneath the body of Bohemians keeper, Greg Murray.
And Duffy fittingly ended the game as a contest on the 90th minute when he drove his second to the net having been sent scampering clear by Michael Rafter, the Galliagh lad keeping his cool before gleefully driving the ball home to cap what was an excellent performance.
Played in front of a very poor attendance at the North Dublin venue, Derry owned the ball for long spells and basically dominated this affair, keeper Gerard Doherty never forced into a serious save.
And while the busy Michael Rafter certainly earned his wages on the night, it was the energy and skill of youngsters Duffy and McEleney, who served the “Candy Stripes” really well.
Rafter had a few scoring chances during the opening half, his low strike in the 35th minute striking the legs of Murray when the Derry striker could have been better.
Bohemians huffed and puffed but never looked like winning.
In the other quarter-finals, Drogheda defeated Cork City at United Park 3-0 while Sligo won 0-4 in Limerick.
The Shamrock Rovers v. St. Pat’s game was postponed.
Derry City - Doherty; S. McEleney, McBride, Greacen, Houston (Deery, 12); Griffin (Kavanagh 60), Molloy, McNamee, Duffy; P. McEleney, Rafter.