Derry City got back to winning ways ahead of next week’s Europa League tie with Dinamo Minsk by beating a spirited Limerick side at the Brandywell.
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It was a pleasing night for the City fans and boss Kenny Shiels in particular, who watched two of his new signings in Aaron Splaine and Ally Roy score.
Derry were asking all the questions in the first half but Limerick stunned them by taking the lead on 35 minutes, Fitzgerald’s low cross eluding Peers and Ellis was in the right place at the right time to fire the ball past Doherty and into the roof of the net.
But the lead lasted just 60 seconds as Derry levelled immediately. Fisk’s cross from the left was headed back across goal by Jamie McDonagh towards Roy, but it was cleared to the edge of the area where Aaron Splaine took a touch before curling a brilliant effort past Holland and into the top corner.
Derry wasted no time in the second half, needing just 20 seconds before they found the Limerick net to go into the lead for the first time. Aaron McEneff was the man at the heart of the goal as he burst into the Limerick area before pulling the ball back across the goal for Ally Roy to hammer home left-footed on his Derry debut.
Having worked so hard to get in front, Derry almost shot themselves in the foot spectacularly on the hour mark when Splaine gave the ball away in his own area but Barry Maguire, with only Doherty to beat blazed horribly over the bar.
Limerick very nearly grabbed an equaliser in added time when substitute Danny Morrissey teed up Barry Maguire but Doherty came to his team’s rescue with a brilliant diving save.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Danny Seaborne, Aaron McEneff, Aaron Splaine, Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale, Ally Roy (Rory Patterson 78’), Ben Fisk, Gavin Peers, Darren Cole, Ben Doherty.
Limerick: Tommy Holland, Killian Cantwell, Cian Coleman, Eoin Wearen, Shane Duggan (Darren Murphy 73’), Connor Ellis (Danny Morrissey 69’), Killian Brouder, William Fitzgerald, Billy Dennehey, Karl O’Sullivan, Barry Maguire.
Referee: Derek Tomney.
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