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Mark Timlin guides Candystripes past Edenderry in cup

Edenderry Town 0-3 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Published 01/06/2015

Eye-catching: Mark Timlin was in top form for Derry
Eye-catching: Mark Timlin was in top form for Derry

Derry City cruised into the third round of the FAI Cup with a convincing victory over non-league side Edenderry.

Mark Timlin was the star of the show for Derry, as he scored and created the third to ensure that the Brandywell club are in the hat for the next round.

Eighteen minutes in, Derry should have taken the lead when Josh Daniels was brought down inside the area and a penalty was awarded. The young midfielder picked himself up and opted to take the kick, hoping for his first Derry City goal, but Edenderry keeper Eddie McDonald saved.

While the visitors dominated possession in the first half, they rarely tested McDonald, who had his defence and Derry's lack of real quality in the final third for a watching brief.

The deadlock was, however, broken on 39 minutes when Timlin was fouled on the edge of the area and the Buncrana man sent a brilliant shot into the net from 20 yards out.

Edenderry thought they had the equaliser in the opening minute of the second half when Barry Moore's shot cannoned off Shane McEleney and fell for Oran Farrell, who sent the ball into the net from close range. However, an offside flag cut short the celebrations.

Derry made it 2-0 on 51 minutes after a lovely flowing move which involved Seanan Clucas, Timlin and Barry McNamee, with the latter crossing for Ryan Curran to tap in his second goal of the season from close range.

Sean Houston grabbed Derry's third on 86 minutes when he benefited from great work on the wing by Timlin, who beat his man before crossing for Houston to seal Derry's passage into the next round of the cup.

Timlin almost put the icing on the cake for Derry in the closing stages as he went through on goal and took the ball around goalkeeper McDonald, but a last ditch tackle from Derek Foran prevented the goal.

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