Derry City got the new season off to the perfect start by seeing off First Division champions UCD in comfortable fashion at the Brandywell.
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Declan Devine’s newly assembled team were far from perfect but this could not have gone any better for the new manager with the clean sheet just as important as the goals at the other end.
The Brandywell burst into life 21 minutes in when the Candy Stripes took the lead with their first goal of the season, and what a goal it was as David Parkhouse opened his account for his hometown team.
Barry McNamee’s shot deflected into the sky and came to the feet of Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe in the area. With his back to goal, he cleverly flicked the ball behind him to the incoming Ciaron Harkin, who then pulled the ball back across goal for Parkhouse to turn it past Kearns from close range.
The second goal arrived early in the second half and it was a memorable one to say the least. Barry McNamee’s pass started a race for the ball between striker Parkhouse and goalkeeper Kearns. The goalkeeper got there first but only sent the ball directly to the feet of Eoghan Stokes who curled the ball back over his head from 40 yards. Defender Josh Collins watched the ball the whole way but instead of clearing it he could only slice it into his own net as City were gifted a 2-0 lead.
There was no stopping Derry now and they killed the game off on 66 minutes with their third goal. Again it was down to defensive errors from UCD as Collins sliced a clearance straight into the path of Harkin, who quickly played in Stokes who turned the ball home from close range with the help of a deflection.
DERRY CITY: Cherrie, Harkin, Sloggett, Parkhouse, Ogedi-Uzokwe (Delap 85’), Toal, McClean, Stokes (McDonagh 72’), Cole, Kerr, McNamee (Bruna 84’).
UCD: Kearns, Tobin, Scales, Collins, Farrugia, O’Neill, Molloy, McClelland, O’Farrell (Coffey 72’), Davis (Madhy 80’), Dignam.
REFEREE: John McLaughlin.
Man of the Match – Ciaron Harkin (Derry City)
Match RATING - 6
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