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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
Lorcan Doherty File photo of McEleney.
# Candystripes
McEleney pulls the strings as Derry City see off Sligo
Though he did miss a first-half penalty.

Derry 2

Sligo Rovers 1

A GOAL EITHER side of half-time ensure Derry would claim all three points and pull level in points with Sligo in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

However, despite being reduced to 10 men, the Bit O’Red came within the width of a post of paint of salvaging a late point as Gary Boylan headed a David Cawley free-kick onto the post in stoppage time.

Eamon Zayed gave the visitors a 26th minute lead in the Brandywell, controlling a long pass on the right side side of the area before drilling a low shot beyond the ‘keeper.

Derry should have been level in the 37th minute, but Kalen Spillane’s foul on Patrick McEleney went unpunished as McEleney’s resultant penalty was saved.

The midfielder was at least in form from dead balls outside the area. His free kick supplied Ryan McBride with a header to draw Derry level on the stroke of half-time.

And the silver service was presented again eight minutes after the break, McEleney’s second dead ball assist of the night coming thanks to Aaron Barry’s near-post header.

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Rovers’ chances of forcing an equaliser were dealt a blow with the dismissal of Daniel Ledwith 14 minutes from time for a second yellow card, however, it was after the 90 when Boylan worried the woodwork and the clearance gave Derry all three points.

Division One

In the night’s only Division one tie, Shelbourne ran out 3 – 1 winners away to Waterford United.

Dylan Connolly struck twice in the first half and midfielder Sean Russell guaranteed victory with 15 minutes remaining before Mikey Rowe claimed a consolation goal.

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