Derry City torn apart in Soligorsk

Michael Duffy grabbed an early goal for Derry City in Belarus
Michael Duffy grabbed an early goal for Derry City in Belarus

Despite a sensational start, Derry City suffered a heavy defeat in Soligorsk last night, Shakhtyor putting the Peter Hutton’s Candystripes to the sword in the Stroite Stadium.

Devastated at losing the home leg on a 0-1 scoreline, Derry stunned Shakhtyor when teenager Michael Duffy drew first blood to level the tie on aggregate.

However, having managed to hold that slender advantage for just three minutes, the Belarusian side began to dominate proceedings.

Duffy hammered the ball home after Rory Patterson’s shot had been parried by keeper, Artur Kotenko, to stun the attendance of 2,000.

However, the Candystripes were brought crashing back to earth when Shakhtyor midfielder, Siarhei Balanovich, equalised from eight yards after the Derry defence failed to clear a cross into the danger area.

Barry McNamee spurned a gloriouis chance to boost Derry’s chances in the 19th minute but he failed to hit the target and the home side then gained the rub of the green.

In the 28th minute Danny Ventre raced out of his area in an attempt to close down Alexandre Guruli but the Shakhytor midfielder’s shot deflected off the Liverpudlian’s leg to wrong-foot keeper, Ger Doherty and Derry were in trouble.

While the visitors tried hard to get back into the game, Shakhtyor ended this tie when netting their third goal in the 68th minute.

Striker Dmitri Osipenka used his pace to great effect when breaking clear and while his first shot was parried by Doherty, the striker slotted the rebound home at the second attempt.

Nikolai Yanush made it 4-1 in the 81st minute and deep into injury time substitute, Andrei Liavonchyk, netted his side’s fifth goal following a defensive error.

Shakhtyor Soligorsk - Kotenko; Kashevski, Yanushkevich, Kuvmianok; Yurevich, Guruli (Rois, 73), Matveychik; Balanovich (Liavonchyk, 85) Yanush, Osipenka (Galyuza, 79)

Derry City - Doherty; Ventre, Byrne, McBride, Barry; Molloy, McNamee; Dooley (Timlin, 61), P. McEleney, Duffy (Lowry, 73); Patterson (Boyle, 79).

Referee - E. Pilva (Bosnia)