Mark Farren fires leaders Derry City back to winning ways
Mark Farren grabbed a crucial winner for Derry City last night as the Candystripes got back to winning ways in Limerick.
Farren struck just 30 seconds into the second-half to secure a vital three points for City, who came into the game on the back of two successive home defeats.
But it took an inspired defensive display from Derry to secure the win, as Limerick piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser.
The visitors had the better of the first-half chances, with Farren coming close with a lob which cleared Dave Ryan’s crossbar before Patrick McEleney went even closer, his lobbed effort just landing the wrong side of the post.
Ex-Candystripe Stephen O’Flynn should have opened the scoring for Limerick in the dying seconds of the half, however, when he escaped Mark Scoltock and met a cross from Shane Tracey he fired the ball into the side netting when it looked easier to score.
The second-half was just 30 seconds old when Derry stunned Limerick with the opening goal.
The visitors had only just kicked off when Farren played a one-two with James McClean before bursting past Dave Rogers to play the ball low to the left past Dave Ryan.
Pat Scully threw on left winger John Tierney to boost Limerick’s attacking options as the home side began to push Derry back as they chased an equaliser they desperately needed.
Tierney made an immediate impact as he burst down the left and crossed the ball to the inrushing Sullivan who seemed to have a clear sight of goal until Emmett Friars threw himself in the way of the shot to deflect the ball over the crossbar.
That was the story of the second half as Derry, and Friars in particular, proved impassable and the league leaders might even have sealed the points in the final 10 minutes with James McClean clipping the top of the crossbar following a mistake from Ryan.
Limerick: Dave Ryan, Dave Rogers, Sean Kelly, Martin Deady, John Sullivan, Pat Purcell, Thomas Heary, Shane Clarke (Jeffrey Judge 74), Bobby Ryan, Stephen O’ Flynn, Shane Tracey (John Tierney 60).
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Eddie McCallion, Mark McChrystal, Mark Scoltock, Emmett Friars, Barry Molloy, Kevin Deery, David McDaid, Patrick McEleney (Shane McEleney 90), James McClean, Mark Farren.
Referee: J McKell.