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Derry draw opening game of league at home to Leitrim

Here is how the Derry players performed

Derry draw opening game of league at home to Leitrim

Danny Tallon is held up by Dean McGovern. (Pic: Tom Heaney)

Derry drew with Leitrim in Saturday's night opening league game at Celtic Park.

Here is how the Derry players performed.

O Lynch – Kicked well for much of the game on his league debut. Was punished for a short kick-out that led to a score and his unconvincing punch resulted in Leitrim's goal

L McGoldrick – Battled well but couldn't keep a lid on Keith Beirne but his runs forward helped drive Derry back into the game before half-time.

B Rogers – Conceded possession to Shane Moran in the first-half. Faired better in the second-half with some unselfish runs forward. Caught in possession in Derry's last attack.

P McGrogan – Started off on Beirne where he struggled before moving onto Moran at the break. His interception prevented a second Leitrim goal and he got forward as the game went on.

C McKaigue – Caught out of position when Leitrim hit Derry on the break early on. Led by example the first-half moved on. Won a vital 50-50 ball leading to a score and kicked his side into an interval lead.

C McCluskey – Conceded a free to Darragh Rooney after McGuigan's goal but overall had a sound game. Got forward when he could in the first-half and defended with courage in the second.

C Doherty – Was involved in a lot of Derry's breaks from defence including McFaul's opener. On the flip side, his sloppy pass in the first-half was punished at the end of a Leitrim breakaway.

G O'Neill – His first outing of the season. Did a lot of spadework in Derry's battle back from five points down and was involved in Emmett Bradley's goal.

C McFaul – Won the duel with Oisin McCaffrey. His appetite for possession kept Derry in the game. He kicked both the opening point and the equaliser.

E Bradley – His finish for the goal was a cracker and he showed well as a kick-out option. He was central to Derry's rally in the first-half but guilty of two missed chances he'd usually take.

D Tallon – The Glen man played in a ball carrier role, between midfield and Ryan Bell up front. Won breaking balls and generally used the ball well. Saw a point effort carried wide by the wind in the second-half.

E Duffy – Another league debutant. He played in a cluttered middle third. Wasn't involved for much of the opening quarter. Should've squared the ball when he went for goal and opted for a point later in the first-half.

B McCarron – Started inside but didn't stay there too much. Spent much of the game bogged down in midfield but his late score was a memorable moment from his first league outing.

R Bell – Didn't have the same impact as the in the McKenna Cup. Landed two points but spent a lot of time away from goal.

C Bradley – Played at centre-forward but spent much of the time chasing Conor Reynolds and Jack Gilheaney back through midfield. Replaced by Shane McGuigan.

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S McGuigan – A hamstring concern limited him to an impact man and his goal gave Derry a second chance.

N Toner – Came in for Gavin O'Neill and played close to goal but not really involved much.

N Keenan – Replaced Liam McGoldrick and tried to get Derry attacks going on the right wing.

A Doherty – Brought for the last 15 minutes for a league debut. Played too far away from goal to be effective.

C McWilliams – Had the chance to win the game but was blocked down by Shane Quinn and was sent off on a second booking.

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