Derry City's Brandon Kavanagh in action against Institute's Rhys McDermott. Photo - George Sweeney, nwpresspics
Derry City 5
Caoimhin Porter stole the show at the Brandywell with two late goals as Derry City won this year's Billy Kee Memorial Cup with an impressive showing against Institute.
The 18-year-old came off the bench to score twice in the final ten minutes, the second of which had a big Brandywell crowd on its feet in admiration.
A significant crowd attended the game, with many City fans hoping to see thew club's new signings in action, and they were not disappointed, with six of the new arrivals, plus trialist Louis Britton all starting.
The opening goal came on 22 minutes and it was an unfortunate moment for ‘Stute goalkeeper John Connolly, who did brilliantly to save from Jack Malone, only for Britton to put the rebound into the empty net.
The second half was just a few minutes old when Derry City doubled their lead, and it was a special moment for Duffy, who found the net from 25 yards with an effort which Connolly failed to keep out despite getting both hands to the ball.
The third goal followed when second half substitute Ciaron Harkin produced a superb pass in behind the ‘Stute defence to put Britton in, only for the striker to be fouled from behind by Rhys McDermott as he prepared to sheet. Referee Diarmuid Harrigan pointed to the penalty spot and Will Patching stepped up to pick his sport to make it 3-0.
The substitutions just kept coming, 20 in all, but young defender Porter made sure his was the name on everyone’s lips at full time with two goals in three minutes.
His first came moments after Danny Lafferty had somehow missed a sitter from close range, shooting straight at Muldoon with the goal gaping. The loose ball fell to Porter and he lashed it high into the of roof the net.
The best was saved for last however as Lafferty then turned provider with a pinpoint cross into the heart of the ‘Stute area and Porter arrived to spectacularly smash the ball past Muldoon and into the net to make it 5-0.
INSTITUTE: John Conolly (Gareth Muldoon 60’), Aidan McCauley (Cian Thompson 45’), Conor Quigley (Tiarnan Brown 45’), Shaun Leppard (CJ Hetherington 68’), Rhys McDermott (Eoin Logue 76’), Shaun Doherty (Joshua Busteed 45’), Benny McLaughlin (Niall McGlynn 76’), Paddy McLaughlin (Jack Bradley 60’), Caolan McLaughlin (Cormac Bradley 68’), Joel Gorman (Jack Millar 60’) Gareth Brown (Jamie Dunne 45’).
DERRY CITY: Brian Maher, Ciaran Coll (Danny Lafferty 60’), Eoin Toal (Cameron McJannett 60’), Michael Duffy (Trent Kone-Doherty 72’), Will Patching (Liam Mullan 72’), Shane McEleney, Brandon Kavanagh (Caoimhin Porter 60’), Cameron Dummigan (Daithi McCallion 77’), Evan McLaughlin (Ciaron Harkin 45’), Jack Malone (Gerard Storey 45’), Louis Britton (Tiarnan McKinney 77’).
REFEREE: Diarmuid Harrigan.
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