Derry City 0 Dinamo Minsk 2
Belarussian visitors Dinamo Minsk have assumed control of this Europa League Qualifying Tie with a 2-0 victory in the Brandywell last night.
City were behind after only two minutes when Dan Seaborne conceded a free on the edge of the box. The initial effort was blocked by the wall but from the resultant cross City failed to clear the danger at the back post. Galovic peeled away from his man and fired home from a narrow angle to make it 1-0.
In a double blow for City, they also lost Rory Hale in the incident, the midfielder withdrawn due to the concussion that he suffered when blocking the initial shot. The concession of the early goal stunned the home team and the visitors immediately seized control. Doherty pulled off a top class save just before the quarter hour mark in order to keep the score to 1-0, denying Khvashcynshk from a point blank header.
The Candystripes did grow into the game in the first half, and with the Belarussian happy to sit on their lead, the home side did enjoy more possession, albeit rarely in the final third. The best chance of the first half for the home side came when McDonagh drove down the right hand side and crossed, but Ronan Hale’s overhead kick was well over the top.
In the second half, the home side started more positively and had their best chances just after the break. The pick of these was a driving run by McDermott who cut into the box and crossed at pace. Unfortunately the ball was just too high for Ronan Hale who couldn’t get a head to it.
City substitutions failed to influence the game, with Patterson not able to get enough quality ball to bring midfield runners into the game.
The visitors continued to look the most threatening with a succession of chances which either went wide of the goal or were stopped by Doherty. The Derry keeper blocked one effort and then miraclously recovered to claw it back before it trickled over the line. However it was to be a temporary respite for City as the visitor grabbed a second.
Khvashchynski was left with a simple tap in after City failed to spot the run from Ivanou. He broke the City defence and with all the time it the world squared it to his team mate. City made feeble attempts to claim for offside but it was clear that the Minsk man had come from an onside position.
The night got worse for City as they lost Conor McDermott and having already gone three at the back with the introduction of Peers, the reduction to ten men meant the side were left with little to do but try and hold on for the remainder of the game.
A huge task awaits the Candystripes if they are to have any chance next week.