Derry City 2 Bray Wanderers 3
Derry City returned to action last night but saw their 100% started ended with a late Tim Clancy header.
On a night of huge emotion, City players, staff and supporters united to pay tribute to the recently deceased Ryan McBride. A packed Maginn Park was a cauldron of emotion as supporters paid their tributes to McBride prior to kick off.
The returning Patterson could have given Derry the lead in the first minute, but put it wide from close range. The experienced striker saw his 16th minute header brilliantly pushed onto the bar and clear of danger by Cherrie.
However the visitors who had already three wins to their name this season were the first to hit the front. Gary McCabe stepped up and curled a free kick round the City wall and past captain Gerard Doherty.
Lukas Schubert had a good chance to level right from the restart but again Cherrie was again the rescued. City also lost Patterson, who broke down on his return and was replaced by Josh Daniels. The home side continued to dominate the possession with Curtis having another chance for the Candystripes.
Bray doubled their advantage just before the break when Green latched onto a long ball from Kenna and fired home past Doherty. It was to be the captain’s last significant act, and he was replaced at the break by Eric Grimes, having picked up an injury.
However it was the Bray stopper that continued to be the busier keeper after the break, denying Boyle. However City got back into the name when McEneff was brought down by Kenna and got up to fire home the penalty. Kenna recovered to make a brilliant block on Curtis.
City got back on level terms when Low sent Jarvis clear and he lifted it over Cherrie to get back on level terms. City appeared to have the momentum to seal the victory, but was caught out in the closing stages. A jittery Derry defence cleared a high ball out for a corner. Greene’s whipped delivery found the head of Clancy who secured all three points for the vistiors