Derry City back on track as Longford put to the sword

Introduction of Lukas Schubert for final half hour made big difference

Rory Patterson  missed a penalty but later scored Derry City’s fourth goal in the Airtricity League Premier Division game against Longford Town at the Brandtwell. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Patterson missed a penalty but later scored Derry City’s fourth goal in the Airtricity League Premier Division game against Longford Town at the Brandtwell. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

 

Derry City 4 Longford Town 0

Derry City put their recent 5-0 home drubbing by Dundalk to bed thanks to this very comfortable victory over the basement side at the Brandywell.

And while the home side dominated the opening exchanges with Conor McCormack and Barry McNamee going close to breaking the deadlock, the visitors were always dangerous on the break through lively front men Lee Duffy and Eddie Dsane.

However, the game was turned on its head before the interval after Longford midfielder Kevin O’Connor experienced five minutes of madness.

Having raised an arm to block a Nathan Boyle cross when inside the area in the 40th minute, he received a yellow card before referee Rob Harvey pointed to the spot.

Derry’s Aaron McEneff hammered the ball home to put the home side in the driving seat.

But O’Connor’s woes were compounded within five minute when he brought McEneff crashing down to earth as the Derry player attempted to break on the counter and a second yellow preceded the obligatory sending off.

After the break, Derry began to boss the ball with the extra man but they frustrated with the final pass.

However, an inspired substitution on the hour finally put the game out of Longford’s reach.

Derry boss Kenny Shiels called Nathan Boyle ashore in the 60th minute with, Lukas Schubert entering the fray and he enjoyed a magnificent introduction.

In fact, within two minutes the Austrian made a superb run on the blind side to meet McCormack’s incisive pass before gleefully tucking the ball into the far corner past the advancing Ryan Coulter.

Derry were then awarded what appeared a very dubious penalty kick in the 71st minute, Longford’s Pat Flynn adjudged to have fouled Schubert inside the area before the referee pointed to the spot.

On this occasion Rory Patterson claimed possession of the ball but justice was served when the striker failed to hit the target.

That said, the home side did manage to add a third goal in the 73rd minute. Patterson produced a superb lob but with Coulter back-peddling the goalkeeper did really well to claw the ball out with his fingertips only to find McNamee gaining possession and he took full advantage from close range.

Patterson then made amends for his penalty miss in the 83rd minute with a strike from close range

DERRY CITY: Doherty; Vemmelund, Barry, Jarvis; McCormack, McEneff; Boyle (Schubert, 60 mins), McNamee (Allan, 84 mins), Curtis (Daniels, 80 mins); Patterson.

LONGFORD TOWN: Coulter; Dillon (Gannon, 67 mins), Nkelu, Haverty, Flynn; Hughes, O’Connor, Simon, Powell; Duffy (McGlynn, h/t), Dsane (Sullivan, 76 mins).

Referee: R Harvey (Dublin)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.