LEAGUE OF IRELAND: Derry grab a point

Derry's Rory Patterson
Derry's Rory Patterson


Derry City limbered up for this Sunday’s FAI Cup semi-final with a share of the spoils against Bray in the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

However, if the truth be told, Peter Hutton’s side were particularly fortunate to leave the Co. Wicklow venue with a point, Bray have dominated this game and, indeed, will see this as two points lost.

Granted, Derry fielded without four regular first team players and the North-West side clearly struggled throughout the proceedings.

Bray’s Jake Kelly left Shane McEleney for dead before lobbing the ball over Derry keeper, Gerard Doherty, his effort crashing off the crossbar.

Doherty was then forced to produce a decent save to deny Dave Cassidy before Bray deservedly broke the deadlock during injury time at the end of the first half.

Derry full-back, Shaun Kelly, failed to clear his lines and when the ball was floated into the danger area, Adam Mitchell launched into diving head to plant the ball in the net.

Bray continued to dominated after the change of ends but, totally against the run of play, Derry were awarded a penalty when Rory Patterson was impeded inside the box.

The striker dusted himself down to drive the ball past keeper, Stephen McGuinness to level matters.

Bray when then awarded a penalty when Doherty brought down Jake Kelly who stepped to blast the spotkick recklessly over the crossbar and the small band of travelling fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Before the end, Derry’s Shaun Kelly and Bray’s Niall Cooney were both sent off in separate incidents having received two yellow cards each.

Derry City - Doherty; S. Kelly, Barry, S. McEleney, Jarvis; Lowry; Tracey, Houston, McNamee, Timlin; Patterson.

Bray Wanderers - McGuinness, Cooney, Barker, Mitchell, Webster, Cassidy, Hanlon, Zambra, G. Kelly, J. Kelly; Scully.

Referee: Mr. R. Rogers (Dublin).