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# Candystripes
10-man Derry claim big win in Tallaght as Rovers frustrated
Derry captain Ryan McBride scored the crucial goal.

Shamrock Rovers 0

Derry City 1

TEN-MAN DERRY City managed to restrain Shamrock Rovers and picked up a priceless three points at Tallaght Stadium in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division on Friday night.

A well-taken goal midway through the second-half from Derry captain Ryan McBride proved decisive as Kenny Shields’ men claimed a huge victory.

The Candystripes created the best chance of the first-half inside the opening 30 seconds when a defence-splitting pass from Harry Monaghan found Barry McNamee in acres of space inside the area. McNamee could only direct his shot straight down the throat of Tomer Chencinski, however, and spurned the glorious opportunity.

From there the half proved a hard fought affair as neither side could create any openings of real clarity.

The Foylesiders did come close to breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time after Nicky Low’s whipped cross found Monaghan who rose high to power a header towards goal, however, it drifted inches from the mark.

The visitors began the second half on top and took a deserved lead on 67 minutes. Aaron McEneff’s corner ball dropped to McBride six yards from goal who fired it low into the net.

Four minutes later, however, Shields’ side were reduced to 10 when Lucas Schubert was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow for time-wasting.

From there the Hoops pressed and pressed but couldn’t find a way to break the resolute Derry back-line and the visitors held out for the win.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Tomer Chencinski; Simon Madden, Daniel Devine, David Webster, Trevor Clarke (Sean Heaney, 46); David McAllister (James Doona, 77), Ryan Connolly, Ronan Finn (c), Darren Meenan, Brandon Miele; Sean Boyd (Michael O’Connor, 56)

DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty; Lucas Schubert Aaron Barry, Ryan McBride(c), Dean Jarvis; Aaron McEneff, Nicky Low, Harry Monaghan, Barry McNamee; Ronan Curtis, Nathan Boyle (Mark Timlin, 83)

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Referee: Graham Kelly

Man of the Match – Ryan McBride (Derry City) – Took his goal well and then lead from the back in the closing stages with a solid display, dealing with wave-after-wave of Rovers’ attacks excellently.

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