Blarney United 2 Derry City 12
Scorers: Roy (4), McEneff (2), McNamee (2), Hale (2), McHattie, Farren
Derry City notched up their record win, with a 12-2 victory in Munster, eliminating Blarney United from the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
Having seen his side reach the final of the EA Sports Cup on Monday with a hard fought win away to Sligo, Kenny Shiels had little to worry about a potential banana skin here, with his side three goals up within 7 minutes.
The visitors had a number of changes to the side, with Peers and Cole both returning the back four.
Further up the field saw Ronan Hale back to a right wing slot with Ally Roy restored to the attack. The Scot was to be the pick of the bunch on the day, with a first half hat trick and four goals on the night overall.
City had previously put seven past Cork side Rockmount twenty years ago in the same competition, but they re-wrote the record books on Saturday evening, with a new record score for the side in both the IL and LOI era.
The only concern may have been the attitude of the City side but it was clear right from the off that City were here to win. Hale opened the scoring when a low cross from Roy was blocked and arrived in the winger’s path just six yards out and he fired home.
A rapid fire brace of goals ended the game as a contest before the ten minute mark. Shiels cut in from the flank and fed McEneff who let fly a fizzing effort from close to 30 yards. Woods in the home goal just watched the ball dip and hit the top corner.
A great ball from Cole picked out the run of Roy down the right. He cut inside, rounded two defenders and finished to make it 3-0 and ensure that City would be heading into the next round. City kept the hammer down and would add four more goals before the break to leave it 7-0.
The fourth arrived from a corner when Shiels fed Hale and the combined with Splain. The initial shot was blocked by Roy was following up to get his second of the game. McEneff grabbed his second when a deep cross from Rory Hale was not cleared and the midfielder had a six footed effort to finish from inside the box.
Roy, continuing the hot streak he has exhibited since his arrival at Brandywell fired one home from 20 yards out with Woods beaten at full stretch. McEneff missed the chance to complete his hat trick when he put the ball wide from the penalty spot. McHattie had been felled by Crowley inside the box which gave the midfielder the chance to grab his first senior hat trick but it wasn’t to be, as he put it wide of Wood’s left post.
Ronan Hale doubled his tally just before the break when he acrobatically finished a teasing cross from the right from his brother to leave it seven nil at the break.
Shiels introducted Shane McNamee and Jamie McDonagh at the break but it continued to be a goal fest for the visiting team. McNamee missed a couple of chances before opening his account. A good ball from Splaine was headed infield and McNamee surged past his marker to fire low under Woods.
McEneff’s effort was blocked by Woods but Roy was on hand to stab home from close range to add to his tally.
The home fans finally had something to cheer about when a ball by Crowley sent Welch clear and he finished low past Doherty. The home side got another just moments later when Peers failed to cut out the inital ball and then Darren Cole seemed to have cleared the danger only to gift possession back and Caroll finished smartly from the edge of the box.
However having been stung back into action, City hit two more. First McHattie grabbed his first goal for the club with a powerful finish from the edge of the box and then Farren who had come off the bench grabbed the twelfth goal on the night.
Photo Credit: Fergal O’Callaghan, Blarney Blog