City have received notification of the dates for a number of fixtures
- EA Sports Cup Semi Final v Drogheda United; August 5, 7.45pm, Brandywell
- Airtricity Premier Division v St Patrick’s Athletic; September 3, 7.45pm, Brandywell
Derry City 0 Trabzonspor 3 (7-2 Aggregate)
City may have suffered a three nil reverse at the Brandywell last night, but the team left the field to a standing ovation as the large crowd recognised the valiant efforts of a City side undone by three second half goals which saw Trabzonspor cruise through the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
City enter the second leg of their Europa League clash with Trabzonspor aware of the massive challenge that faces the club but with the lure of a third round tie in Zagreb or Minsk on offer should the club progress. [Read more...]
Cityview, the club’s match day programme is now available digitally through the “Match Day Digital” application. The club launched the scheme for the recent Dundalk game and that programme is now available free as a one off sampler for supporters to download and enjoy.
Ahead of the arrival of the visitors members of the Derry City squad have been meeting the media to discuss the Candystripes’ chances in the second leg on Thursday night.
Ahead of Thursday’s second leg against Trabzonspor, fans are reminded that this is an all ticket game and there is significant interest in the tie after last week’s narrow defeat in Turkey. Therefore supporters are urged to purchase their tickets early for the tie, and tickets are now available at a number of outlets in the city as well as online.
Trabzonspor 4 Derry City 2
Despite having seen his side concede four goals in their first leg last night, City boss Declan Devine praised the commitment of his players who recovered from falling two goals behind within the opening fourteen minutes in Trabzon last night.
Indeed the manager expressed his frustration at the fact that a number of the strikes could have been preventable, whilst admitting that his side had come up against a team of real quality in the first leg of their Europa League tie.
The side were hit with a major blow before kickoff when top striker Rory Patterson was ruled out due to a recurrence of a back problem. This saw David McDaid promoted to the lone striker role, just weeks after re-signing for the club. City opted to deploy the 4-5-1 formation which has become their standard this season, with McNamee the most advanced of the three central midfielder.
However it was Derry’s defensive line that saw most of the action, as the home side poured forward in attack right from the kickoff. City suffered a nightmare start and found themselves a goal behind after ten minutes. Adin, who was a constant threat on both wings all night was played in down the left. His shot was well saved by Doherty, but City failed to clear the rebound. Polish midfielder Mierzejewski was able to overhead kick the ball towards the goal, and it deflected in off the rookie defender’s knee. Indeed it got worse for City moments later with Adin again at the centre of the action. He cut in field and fired a shot from 25 yards, which Gerard Doherty spilled directly into the path of Henrique who poked it home to make it two.
At this stage, the manager admitted, he feared for his team who seemed to have been overawed by both the din of the atmosphere in the Aker stadium and also the quality of opposition that they were facing on the field. However credit has to be given to the side who dug in and miraculously found themselves back in the game. Uruguayan Colman, who was impressive in the midfield was robbed by McDaid who nutmegged Kajar and then rifled the ball past Kivar in the home goal. It was a stunning finish by the striker and quite a turnaround from the miserable time he experienced since his move to York City.
Unbelievably it got better for the visitors as they drew level through Paddy Kavanagh. Sent clear by Molloy, the winger cut in from the left and fired a low shot past Kivar, stunning the raucous home crowd in the compact stadium. In a helter skelter game, both sides were capable of great skill or poor errors and a fifth goal arrived before the break. McNamee was penalised for fouling Sen and a terrific inswinger was flighted in by Adin. Barry Molloy saw the ball clip his head and past Gerard Doherty to make it 3-2 to the home side at the break.
The second half started at the same frantic pace and the home side had a early goal disallowed for offside. However Trabzonspor were not to be denied and Kacar redeemed his earlier mistake to head home the fourth in this pulsating encounter. The home side continued to dominate possession and chances and good saves from Doherty, aided by Molloy with a goal line clearance kept the score at four. However Ryan McBride had a chance at the death for a third away goal when his flashing drive from 25 yards went just the wrong side of the post.
However with two away goals City will feel that this game is more than alive at the Brandywell and with an early goal that anything may be possible. A huge European night awaits at the Brandywell next week, as City seek to make more history.
As matchday dawns in Trabzon, City face one of their biggest challenges as they prepare to take on Turkish giants Trabzonspor. The Candystripes may have faced the likes of Benfica and PSG in the past, but the Turks will prove every bit as big a challenge as either of those games.
The Candystripes head for Tallaght Stadium tomorrow night, with another chance to close the gap on leaders St Pats. However with Rovers one of the form teams in the division, City will need an improved performance after last week’s late defeat to Dundalk at Brandywell.
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