DERRY CITY 0 GALWAY CITYH 2
Derry City were booed off the Brandywell pitch on Friday night, with a severely under-strength Galway plundering the spoils as the home side continued to support Mark Farren’s forthcoming operation.
And it was a brace of goals within the space of four stunning first half minutes which proved to be Derry’s undoing as Tommy Dunne’s young side shocked the Foylesiders.
Minus the services of nine first team players, Galway’s organisation and enthusiasm served them well.
While the home side may have started on the front foot with early claims for a penalty, Galway refused to be intimidated and stunned the home side in the 22nd minute.
Derry keeper, Ger Doherty came to intercept Ryan Connolly’s corner and when the keeper failed to clear the danger, Padraic Cunningham drilled the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.
That goal may have been put down to a goalkeeping howler, but there was nothing fortunate about Galway’s second strike in the 26th minute.
Having won a free-kick 30 yards from the Derry goal, Jake Keegan made a superb run in behind the Derry to race onto Connolly’s free-kick, heading the ball firmly home to stun the Brandywell.
In fact, in the 29th minute Galway went close to scoring a third, Connolly’s inswinging corner crashing off the Derry crossbar.
But it got worse for the Candystripes when keeper, Doherty, was forced off the field with a back injury in the 35th minute, leaving youngster Shaun Patton to make his league debut.
Derry predictably dominated the ball after the break but Galway were happy to defend deep and hit on the break when such opportunities presented themselves.
Cillian Morrison shot straight at Galway keeper, Conor Gleeson while Barry McNamee shot narrowly wide from 18 yards.
Derry’s problems were compounded in the 68th minute when young keeper, Patton, raced off his line to collide with Gary Shanahan and both players had to be stretchered off the pitch.
Striker, Anthony Elding, then donned the keeper’s jersey and he pulled off a superb save against Cunningham in a one-on-one situation in the 81st minute.
The Galway defence did well to negotiate six minutes of added time and reap revenge for their opening defeat of the season at Eamon Deacy Park.
Derry City: Doherty (Patton, 35, Curran 73); Kelly, McEleney, McBride, Barry; Daniels (Curtis, 58), McNamee, Lowry, Morrison; Elding, Morrison.
Galway United: Gleeson; Raftery, Sinnot, Walsh, Horgan; Shanahan (O’Laoi, 73), O’Leary, Connolly, Keegan; Cunningham, Curran.
Referee: R. Rogers (Dublin).