Derry City came from behind to convincingly beat UCD at the Belfield Bowl.
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After bossing possession and creating all the chances early on, Derry were distraught to fall behind just before the half hour mark. A swift burst forward by Mark Dignam caught the visitors short and after skipping past Eoin Toal, the UCD man played the ball across the area where Sam Byrne was on hand to turn the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Derry eventually got back on level terms and it was another superb ball over the top by Bruna which caught UCD cold, sending McDonagh through who showed great composure to flick the ball over Sheridan and finishing into the empty net to get the visitors back into the game just before half time.
It was UCD who came out strongly at the start of the second half and again Dignam was involved, picking up a pass from goal scorer Byrne and playing Yoyo Mahdy in on goal but he was denied by a combination of Gilchrist and Peter Cherrie. It was a real chance for the home side.
With the game in the balance, Declan Devine gave a chance to Conor Davis and it proved a masterstroke as the former UCD striker put Derry into the lead with his first touch. Davis immediately drove at the heart of the UCD defence and he exchanged passes with McNamee before drilling the ball past Sheridan for his first goal for his new club.
UCD’s task became impossible in the closing stages after Jack Keaney saw red for a second caution, following a late challenge on Ciaron Harkin.
Derry then sealed the victory two minutes from time when Bruna played Parkhouse in on goal and the young striker made no mistake to seal the points for Derry.
UCD: Sheridan, Tobin (Kinsella-Bishop 82’), Scales, McEvoy, Keaney, Mahdy (Ryan 88’), McClelland, Kerrigan, Dignam, Farrell, Byrne (O’Farrell 72’).
Derry City: Cherrie, Coll, Gilchrist, Toal, Cole, Sloggett (Davis 72’), Bruna, McNamee (Harkin 82’), McDonagh, McCrudden (Gillespie 63’), Parkhouse.
Referee: Tomas Connolly.
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