Finn Harps 0 Derry City 2
Picture Credit – Maiden City Images
Kenny Shiels saw his side score twice in the last five minutes to claim all three points in Ballybofey and ensure that his side returned to third place. It was the first time since March that City have put back to back wins together in the League and the visitors’ adventure was rewards with the bragging rights.
City made three changes from Friday’s win over Bohemians, with Eoin Toal handed a debut in the heart of the City defence to replace the suspended Aaron. The home side started the brighter and McAleer really should have scored when played through by Houston after a quick free kick. However Doherty in the Derry goal was alert to the danger and blocked the shot.
Passions erupted on an off the pitch minutes later when City played on, after it appeared that Harps had played the ball out due a head injury. After receiving the signal from referee Matthews, City continued to play on and a cross from Daniels was nearly converted by Patterson. This led to exchanges of views between the players and management teams from both sides and raised the temperature even further in what is always a competitive fixture.
City hit the crossbar from a corner in the first half, whilst Harps saw Houston’s header flash just wide of the post as the home side threatened.
In the second period it was nip and tick from both sides but Banda should have scored for the home side. Once again Doherty was the hero for the visitors, getting out to block the effort away for the corner. As the game entered the final quarter it appeared that the home side were prepared to settle for a point, whereas City continued to drive for the winner.
City were to get their reward just four minutes from time. As the visitors forced a succession of corners, Gallagher failed to deal with one of the deliveries and another corner was conceded. From the resultant set piece the ball fell to Cole and the Scot lashed it home for his first goal for the Candystripes.
With the travelling support in raptures, the home side desperately pushed for the equaliser. However in injury time City caught Harps on the break and McEneff latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and finished it to make sure of the three points.
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Damien McNulty, Ciaran Coll, Killian Cantwell, Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin, Caolan McAleer, Sean Houston, Ethan Boyle, Ibrahim Keita (BJ Banda 66’), Eddie Dsane (Johnny Bonner 78’).
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Dean Jarvis, Conor McDermott, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Lukas Schubert (Nathan Boyle 73’), Josh Daniels (Ben Doherty 78’), Nicky Low, Aaron McEneff, Barry McNamee, Rory Patterson.