Full time: Derry City 2 Drogheda United 1
Derry took only three minute to hit the front at Maginn Park and were dominant in the first half, goals from McDermott and Curtis meaning that City had a two nil lead at the break. However it was a nervy second period as City failed to push on and Drogheda had chances
Shiels rang the changes to his side, with Cole and Jarvis returning after injury and Harry Monaghan restored to the side. Monaghan was deployed in a central midfield role with McEneff on the bench.
Drogheda entered the game haven’t not won a League game in 161 days and found themselves a goal behind after 3 minutes. Conor McDermott read the intentions, nipped in and rounded the keeper to make it one nil to the home side. McDermott turned provider on 14, when he surged forward again and cross, with Curtis finishing. The youngster marked his call up the Irish U-21 side with his 8th goal of the season.
Whilst City may have enjoyed plenty of possession, Gerard Doherty made a good save just before the break to make sure it stayed 2-0 when Brennan test the keeper. Barry McNamee fired a free just over the bar a couple of minutes before the break. Again just before the break Rory Patterson had a great chance when he spun the defender and from a narrow angle he blasted it well over.
The visitors had plenty of possession at the start of the second half, but their best chance came when Aaron Barry nearly scored an own goal. It was clear that the manager was not happy that his side seemed to switch off in the second period. It was a nervy second half for the Candystripes as they failed to push on to threaten McGuinness’ goal.
Indeed Doherty had to be alert and made a great save from Elliott, with Wixhead trying to follow up. Ben Doherty tried to get his team up and running but his direct run finished with a shot saved by McGuinness. The Drogheda netminder did well to save the header from Harry Monaghan to keep his side in the game.
Just at the death, McNamee had the chance to make it 3-0, but his effort came off the inside of the post and out to safety. Having failed to close the game out, City conceded a goal from Mark Doyle with virtually the last kick of the game.
Teams: Doherty, Jarvis, Cole, Barry, McDermott, Low, McNamee, Monaghan, Curtis, Patterson, B Doherty
Subs: Grimes, McEneff, Dolny, McIntyre, Todd, Toal, Schubert
Drogheda: McGuiness, Deasy, Buckley, Brennan, Wixted, Kane, Elliott, Purdy, Mulcahy, McEvoy, Elworthy
Subs: Farragher, Bayly, Gallagher, Masterson, Doyle, Hollywood, Sweeney