Cameron McJannet's double clinches dramatic win for Derry City at Bohemians
Bohemians 1 Derry City 2
CAMERON McJANNET netted a second half brace as Derry City came from behind to clinch a dramatic last gasp victory against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
The Candy Stripes had gone behind to a 17th minute Georgie Kelly penalty but McJannet headed the Brandywell outfit level on 63 minutes from a corner kick.
Nathan Gartside produced two stunning saves at point blank to deny Keith Ward and the sub, Jack Moylan.
And from a Will Patching free-kick, McJannet fired home at the back post with a clinical finish on 89 minutes to turn the game on its head.
That strike incredibly took McJannet's tally to four goals as Ruaidhri Higgins oversaw his second successive win on the road as City boss.
The win takes City off the bottom for the first time this season and above Bohemians into seventh spot.
After getting his managerial tenure off to a winning start in Sligo, Higgins made just one enforced change with Danny Lafferty restored to the starting line-up to replace the injured Ciaran Coll.
Bohemians began brightly and Kelly tried his luck after three minutes with a looping header from just inside the 18 yard box but Gartside gathered it cleanly.
Derry were fortunate to get away with a defensive mix-up on seven minutes when Gartside misjudged City skipper Toal's heavy back-pass just outside the penalty area but the Maydown man got enough on the ball to make the clearance.
It was the start of a nervous couple of minutes for the visitors as Andy Lyons burst forward down the right. The roaming right-back managed to get a toe to the ball to direct it dangerously across the face of goal but with Kelly lurking, Ronan Boyce managed to get a vital touch to turn around the post for a corner.
Jack Malone did superbly to win the ball with a fantastic tackle just inside the Bohs half which set Fitzgerald free on the right wing. The Limerick man's sent a first time cross low toward Akintunde but Tierney managed to apply enough pressure and the City striker's shot went wide.
At the other end Keith Ward crossed into the penalty area from the right and when Harkin attempted to clear he kicked the bottom of Tierney's foot and the referee awarded a spotkick.
Up stepped Burnfoot native Kelly who tucked away his spotkick confidently into the corner, sending Gartside the wrong way to give Bohs a 17th minute lead.
Cameron McJannet found Boyce with an outstanding crossfield pass which was brought down by the City right back who drove towards the Bohs goal and went down under the challenge of the retreating Liam Burt. The match official correctly waved play on.
Malone was brought down by a crunching Keith Buckley tackle 25 yards from the Bohs goal to earn a promising free-kick on 32 minutes.
Patching's delivery from the set-piece was sublime and Akintunde's powerful header back across the face of goal crashed off the crossbar.
Bohs striker Kelly was twice in behind the Derry defence but Lafferty's superbly timed tackle thwarted his first chance and Toal tracked back brilliantly to muscle the Donegal man off the ball moments later.
Derry enjoyed a nice spell of possession as half-time approached and when they eventually worked the ball towards the right wing, Fitzgerald came back inside on his left foot and fired his strike just wide of the far post.
At the other end Ward played Lyons into space just inside the Derry penalty area and his first time strike was parried clear by Gartside.
The City keeper produced an outstanding save from point blank range to deny Ward from eight yards five minutes into the second half.
Higgins made a double substitution on 58 minutes with David Parkhouse replaced by debutante Marc Walsh and Malone made way for Joe Thomson.
Ex-Swansea City man Walsh made an instant impact and forced a smart save from James Talbot to force a corner on 63 minutes.
From the resultant corner McJannet rose highest and his downward header crept into the net at the near post to get Derry back on level terms.
Talbot needed to make a big save at the back post when Boyce crossed high towards the back post but Lafferty's header was charged down by the Bohs keeper.
Rob Cornwall headed high over the bar from a corner as Bohs pushed for a winner with eight minutes left on the clock.
Gartside once again came to Derry's rescue when he stood tall to block substitute, Jack Moylan's close range strike.
Derry were defending bravely and from a Patching free-kick in the final minute of the game, he found McJannet free at the far post and the Englishman steered the ball into the net with a brilliant finish in the final minute.
It was a dramatic finale and unlike the previous meeting at the venue last October, it was Derry who clinched a late win to take them into seventh spot.
Bohemians: J. Talbot: A. Lyons, R. Cornwall, C. Kelly, T. Wilson; K Ward (J. Moylan 71), R. Tierney (D. Devoy 76) A. Coote, K. Buckley, L. Burt; G. Kelly: Subs Not Used - S. McGuinness, A. Breslin, R. Feely, C. Levingston, T. Oluwa, Promise Omochere, R. Mahon.
Derry City: N. Gartside; R. Boyce, E. Toal, C. McJannet, D. Lafferty; W. Fitzgerald (B. Barr 82), C. Harkin, J. Malone (J. Thomson 58), J. Akintude; W; Patching (D. Lupano 90); D. Parkhouse (M. Walsh 58); Subs Not Used - J. Lemoignan, M. McChrystal, P. Ferry. C. McLaughlin, M. Glynn.
Referee - Ben Connolly.