Derry City set up a mouth-watering third-round EA Sports tie against Finn Harps, following last night’s fight-back against Premier Division side Galway United.
Trailing 2-1 with 12 minutes to go, intrepid duo Patrick McEleney and David McDaid came off the bench to snatch victory for the Candystripes.
Galway’s hopes were hardly helped when they were forced to field defender Rhys Meynell in goal, as both regular goalkeepers out injured and they were unable to draft in an emergency replacement.
He should have been beaten early on when Vinny Sweeney broke clear, but he hit the side netting when ideally placed.
The home side did break the deadlock after 33 minutes, when Darren Cassidy’s right-wing corner was turned home by Shane McEleney, after Mark Scoltock’s initial header hit team-mate Sweeney. The ball then fell kindly for the centre-back to fire home.
United started the second-half on the front foot, and levelled things on 57 minutes when Ciaran Foley’s pass found Cain McBrien, who calmly blasted home from 18 yards.
The visitors then took the lead after Emmett Friars’ back pass fell well short, and Karl Sheppard raced clear before squaring the ball to the unmarked McBrien, who side-footed home.
Kenny then threw on Patrick McEleney and McDaid in the 77th minute and the changes certainly made the difference. Within a minute, a super run and cross by McEleney found his fellow substitute McDaid at the near post, and the striker gleefully converted.
McEleney scored what turned out to be the winner on 83 minutes when he was brought down inside the area by Seamus Conneely, and he calmed rolled home the resulting spot-kick.
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Scoltock, S McEleney, Friars; McBride, Sharkey, Clarke, Cassidy, Harkin, Sweeney. Subs: McClean for McCallion (51); McDaid and P McEleney for McBride & Clarke (77).
Galway United: Meynell, Conneely, Craney, Foley, Sheppard, King, Curran, McBrien, Flood, Keady, Keane. Subs: Molloy for Curran (7).
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).