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Drama in Derry as Candystripes strike late to set up FAI Cup final with St Pat's

Two late goals sent the Hoops crashing out in this semi-final replay.

Derry's Michael Duffy gets a foot in ahead of Conor Kane.
Derry's Michael Duffy gets a foot in ahead of Conor Kane.
Image: Lorcan Doherty

Derry City 2

Shamrock Rovers 0

DERRY CITY set up a repeat of the 2012 FAI Cup Final against St Patrick’s Athletic following a dramatic semi-final replay against 10 man Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell Stadium.

The Candystripes booked their place in this year’s blue riband showpiece as Michael Duffy found the back of the net with 60 seconds remaining before Rory Patterson made sure of it with a splendid finish in stoppage time.

Patterson had earlier missed from the spot on 64 minutes after Ryan McBride was wrestled to the ground by Jason McGuinness who saw red for a second bookable offence.

And with the Saints manager Liam Buckley present in the Glentoran Stand, Peter Hutton’s troops sent out a real message of intent with their second half display.

The action packed second half was in stark contrast to the first where neither side could manage a single shot on target during a tense affair.

Both teams, however, had their chances to take control of the tie and the lively McEleney probably should have done better when bursting through on goal on seven minutes.

The City striker raced down the left flank and turned inside Rovers defender, Conor Kenna but the Derry man curled his shot harmlessly high and wide.

McEleney was at the centre of the action once again on 15 minutes when he sent Stephen Dooley scampering down the right side.

Dooley crossed dangerously into the Rovers’ penalty area but it was marginally behind Rory Patterson who failed to get it under control and the chance was lost.

Barry McNamee and Patrick Cregg Derry's Barry McNamee and Shamrock Rover's Patrick Cregg tussle. Source: Lorcan Doherty

The home side were dealt a huge slice of luck on the half hour mark following a mix-up between Dean Jarvis and Gerard Doherty as both players failed to deal with a long punt upfield..

Simon Madden crossed into the area with Doherty out of his goal but when the ball was headed towards the edge of the penalty area, Kieran Marty Waters volleyed his effort wide.

Derry burst out of the traps at the start of the second half and when McNamee split the Rovers defence with a terrific pass, Patterson muscled his way past McGuinness and Kenna but scuffed his shot into the hands of Barry Murphy under pressure from the two central defenders.

Patterson and the majority of the 3,000 strong Brandywell support claimed for a penalty but referee, Paul McLaughlin was having one of it and waved play on.

The home lot missed another gilt edged chance to take the lead on 52 minutes when McEleney swung his free-kick into the area and Aaron Barry failed to get a touch before the ball somehow evaded Dooley at the far post.

And the Cup tie swung swiftly in favour of Derry on 64 minutes when McBride went down under the challenge of McGuinness as McEleney’s free-kick was swept into the Rovers penalty area.

The referee’s assistant waved his flag to signal a penalty and the referee pointed to the spot before giving McGuinness his second yellow card.

Jason McGuinness and Rory Patterson Shamrock Rover's Jason McGuinness and Derry's Rory Patterson Source: Lorcan Doherty

Patterson claimed responsibility for the spot-kick but his low shot was superbly saved at full stretch by Murphy.

With the numerical advantage Derry continued to press and when McNamee’s shot hist the chest of O’Connor, Lowry’s first time strike form just inside the area bounced back off the foot of the post with just 13 minutes to go as Rovers were living on the edge.

Derry finally broke the deadlock with 60 seconds on the clock when Duffy latched onto a Molloy pass before poking the ball beyond Murphy. And Patterson settled the tie one minute later when finding the roof of the net with a splendid finish from Dooley’s cross.

Derry City: G. Doherty; B. Molloy, R. McBride, A. Barry, D. Jarvis; S. Dooley, P. Lowry, B. McNamee, M. Duffy; P. McEleney, R. Patterson;

Subs Not Used – C. Gallagher, S. McEleney, N. Boyle, S. Dunlop, S. Houston, M. Timlin, R. Curran.

Shamrock Rovers: B. Murphy; S. Madden, C. Kenna, J. McGuinness, D. O’Connor; D. Kelly, P. Cregg, R. Brennan, S. McPhail (S. Robinson 60), K. Waters; R. Finn.

Subs Not Used – C. Hyland, R. Cornwall, G. McCabe, K. Sheppard, S. O’Connor, C. Kilduff.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan)

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