Derry City come from behind to get season off to winning start

Patrick McEleney impressed for Derry
Patrick McEleney impressed for Derry

Derry City kicked off the new League of Ireland season on a winning note at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

The Candystripes bounced back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to claim a 2-1 win against Galway United.

Goals from Sean Houston and Ryan Curran sealed a spirited victory for Peter Hutton’s men – after Sam Oji had gifted Galway the lead.

The newly-promoted Galway grabbed the breakthrough in the 20th minute having applied the early pressure.

New centre-back Oji broke the deadlock following a Ryan Connolly corner, the Englishman powering a header to the net when inside the six yards box.

Galway appeared the more superior side during the early exchanges.

However, after the break the visitors began to get to grips with the game and they deservedly equalised in the 59th minute.

Josh Daniels sent Patrick McEleney clear on the right flank and when his cross into the danger area was not dealt with by the home defence, Sean Houston stabbed the ball home at the back post.

The visitors had to wait until nine minutes from the end to get their season off to a winning start.

Man of the match McEleney was involved in the move following a throw-in and crossed for Ryan Curran to finish off.

Galway United: Gleeson, Horgan, Oji, O’Connell (Molloy, 85), Walsh, Sinnott, O’Leary, Shanahan, Connolly, Keegan, Curran (Cunningham, 74).

Derry: Doherty, Kelly, S. McEleney, A Barry, Jarvis, McNamee, Houston, Lowry, Daniels, P. McEleney, Curran.

Referee: P. McLaughlin (Monaghan).