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Josh Daniels' magic fires Derry City through at the second attempt

Drogheda United 1-2 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Josh Daniels scored a brilliant winner for Derry City in their 2-1 victory in the FAI Cup second round replay against Drogheda United last night.

The youngster sent a delightful curling effort past Stephen McGuinness to win a competitive tie, after a Sean Thorton penalty had cancelled out Rory Patterson's early opener.

Derry made the perfect start at United Park, opening the scoring after only four minutes. Daniels was fouled 25 yards from goal and Patterson sized up his chances before drilling a powerful low shot through the wall and into the net.

That proved to be Patterson's last contribution as he was substituted just 10 minutes later, still struggling with a hamstring strain.

Drogheda enjoyed a brilliant spell around the half hour mark with Derry working overtime in their attempts to gain possession. But Drogheda were winning all the second balls and that led to a deserved equaliser on 36 minutes.

A simple pass put Aaron Molly through, and although Ger Doherty denied him, he latched onto the loose ball, only to fall under a challenge from Dean Jarvis. It was enough for referee Tomas Connolly to point to the penalty spot.

Thorton made no mistake, sending Doherty the wrong way to level the game at 1-1.

Derry really had to step up a gear in the second period and made their mark when a quick break forward on 55 minutes saw Lukas Schubert tease the ball just beyond Luke Gallagher into Daniels on the left hand side of the penalty area.

Daniels still had plenty of work to do, but he did it brilliantly, curling his shot beyond McGuinness and into the back of the net, clinching the victory for Derry.

Drogheda united: McGuinness, Dunne, Cooney, Hyland, Thorton (Brennan 72), Gallagher, Molloy, Donnelly (Griffin 72), Ashe, Costello, Kirwan (Doyle 76).

Derry City: Doherty, Vemmelund, Jarvis, McEneff, McDermott, McCormack, Patterson (Curtis 14), Daniels, Boyle, Schubert (Ward 82), Barry.

Referee: Tomas Connolly

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