Derry City 3 Dundalk 1
After last week’s “false start” against Limerick, Derry City recorded their first win at Maginn Park with a defeat over the reigning champions, Dundalk FC.
Second half goals from Barry McNamee and Ryan McBride sealed all three points for the Candystripes and ended the Lilywhites 100% start to the season.
Maginn Park was once again packed to the rafters as City fans looked to see if the Candystripes could back up Friday’s win away to Shamrock Rovers. However Dundalk had enjoyed a strong run of form against City, with a 5-0 win in the corresponding game in the Brandywell last season. With both sides enjoying 100% starts to the season, some record had to fall.
City had one enforced change, with Scott Whiteside replacing the suspended Lukas Schubert. The visitors bossed most of the first half in possession terms and made the breakthrough just after the 15 minute mark. City conceded a corner, and the in swinger was well stopped by Doherty for the concession of another corner. Dundalk made no mistake from the second effort, Massey getting on the end to flick it home.
Maginn Park fell silent and it look as if City’s search for a win against Dundalk would extend to 15 games. However slowly City began to get a foothold in the game. Great interplay sent McNamee clear but as he tried to cut back onto his favoured left foot, he was closed down and the chance was gone.
The home side hit back just on the stroke of half time, when Nathan Boyle made it three for the season. Low did well to keep the ball in play on half way and eventually the ball fell to Boyle near the edge the box. The young striker had plenty to do but with a combination of power and trickery, he managed to jink past the Dundalk defenders and fire home.
In the second half the home side had the initiative and went ahead with just over 20 minutes to go. McNamee fed McEneff in the middle of the pitch and his stepover and turn created a yard of space. The midfielder let fly from 25 yards and Sava could not hold the shot, McNamee following up to fire it home.
Ex Candystripe Tommy Stewart was introduced and had the best chance of the second half for the visitors when he held off his man but fired over when he really should have made Doherty make the save.
City added a third with six minutes left when McBride headed home from Low’s corner. The captain waited well over a year for a goal but has now scored twice in four days after his winner in Tallaght. City were able to close the game out without significant incident and the home crowded roared their appreciation of the result.