MY BEST 11 I PLAYED WITH: Barry Molloy

This 'My Best 11 I Played With' selection from ex-Derry City, Drogheda United, Finn Harps and Crusaders midfielder Barry Molloy, has a little twist to it, as he simply chooses his best former Brandywell eleven.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 10:14 am
Barry Molloy joined his home town club Derry City in 2004.

Molloy, who won a host of medals during his Candy Stripes career, goes for a traditional 4-4-2 system, so here's his best 11 players he played with at the Brandywell and the reasons why....

Gerard Doherty (Goalkeeper): Top class from when he signed for the club. Between him and David Forde, but Gerard's ability to pick out forwards and wingers with his passing ability and the amount of top class saves he made for us, meant he just pipped Fordie. He was outstanding and was also a great leader in the team.
Eddie McCallion (Right-Back): Steady Eddie as they say. He played in some great teams and always got his place back if he ever lost it. Superb defender at right back or centre half. Brilliant professional and a brilliant role model for all the young lads.

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Danny Lafferty (Left-Back): A player who just got better and better when he came to Derry. Very good one on one defending but his ability on the ball and his link up with James McClean was unreal on the left hand side for those few seasons they played together.
Peter Hutton (Centre-Back): One of the best at reading the game. His positioning was second to none. It was superb to play ahead of him for a few years and he was definitely someone who I looked up to at Derry. He was a great captain.
Darren Kelly (Centre-Back): Just an out and out defender. Loved to head the ball and was a dream to have him behind me for a few years. You could walk away from high balls knowing he was going to deal with it. The impact he made in 2006 was unreal and was a huge part in us nearly securing a second treble.
Kevin Deery (Centre-Midfielder): Deerso was an all round midfielder who could tackle, head, pass and score the odd wonder goal. Very unlucky with injuries at Derry. Good reader and knowledge of the game. Great will to win in training and in matches.
Ciaran Martyn (Centre-Midfielder): One of the best goalscoring midfielders I played with and we managed to form a good partnership for a few years at Derry. At times he probably made me look a better player. Superb box to box midfielder who scored some great goals.
Patrick McEleney (Right-Winger): Seriously talented footballer who took the First Division by storm when he was 16/17. I remember an effort he hit against Shelbourne in the First Division, he probably was 35 yards out with his bad foot and I just thought WOW'. Fats was another one who has been unlucky with injuries, but what a talent.
Paddy McCourt (Left-Winger): He was top class and just a joy to play with. Give the ball to Paddy anywhere at anytime in a game and he would make something happen. His debut for Derry was a joy to watch and even watching him in training you were constantly in awe of what he could do. No one could get near him when he was on form. He ripped Derry to shreds for Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell, before we signed him.
Gary Beckett (Striker): One of the best footballers I have played with. Made our Derry team tick. Could see things two or three steps ahead. Formed an unreal partnership with Mark Farren. He was not a prolific goalscorer but he set up so many goals. He was one of, if not, the first name you would have in that Derry team in 2005 and 2006 season's.
Mark Farren (Striker): One of the hardest working forwards you could see. Stephen Kenny called him a Diamond in the rough and Mark was that. One of the best finishers I have played with. When he was played through you knew he would score. No surprise he is Derry City's all time top scorer. Him and Beckett were unstoppable together.