IT’S NEVER easy to accept defeat in your first home game of the season but I have yet to talk to a Derry City fan who didn’t think it was a fantastic occasion and that they’d be back for more of the same.
A huge crowd bolstered by hundreds of travelling Sligo Rovers fans created a superb atmosphere. Derry started nervously and Sligo showed in patches just how good a side they are.
In fact before the game I looked at their bench which included players like Rafael Cretaro and Alan Kirby which just emphasised their overall strength in depth.
Both sides created chances but just before half-time Derry were presented with a penalty and a great chance for a half-time lead.
Eamon Zayed could have made himself an instant Brandywell hero but in truth both the penalty and his follow-up from the keeper’s save were poor.
The second half was played at a much quicker tempo with both sides knowing one goal would probably mean all three points.
Sligo were starting to look dangerous particularly on their right flank but as the time ticked away it looked as though both sides had settled for a point apiece.
However, Cretaro (who had come on as a substitute) forced a superb pass to the right wing and the ball was played across to the far side where Aaron Greene pounced and scored from an acute angle.
Cruel luck but at this level you have to take your chances and I always thought the penalty miss would come back to haunt us.,
Stephen Kenny will be gutted to have lost all three points and Derry deserved at least a share of the spoils against a very good and experienced Sligo side.
In a decent Derry performance the midfield were excellent with Barry Molloy an inspiration.
Disappointing, but this shows the Premier Division is the only place to be and please lets have more nights like this (with a different result).
A special word of congratulations to both sets of fans - who contributed to a really sporting occasion.