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Derry hang on to stem fightback by brave Bohemians

Bohemians 2- Derry City 3


Joe Thomson celebrates his goal in Derry’s victory over Bohemians

Joe Thomson celebrates his goal in Derry’s victory over Bohemians

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Joe Thomson celebrates his goal in Derry’s victory over Bohemians

Derry City held off a Bohemians fightback to claim a superb victory at Dalymount Park.

Ruaidhri Higgins’ men had to dig deep in torrential conditions, as the home side threatened to wipe out a two-goal deficit in the closing stages of another dramatic game between these teams.

The breakthrough came just three minutes before half time and it was a brilliant finish from Joe Thomson which gave Derry City the lead.

Caoimhin Porter picked out the run of his team mate and Thomson took advantage of Tadhg Ryan’s poor decision to race out of his goal, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net for his third goal of the season.

Bohs drew level on 58 minutes when Twardek’s cross was headed away by Porter, but only to the edge of the area where Ali Coote volleyed the ball spectacularly beyond Maher and into the net.

The home fans were still celebrating the equaliser when City struck again. Porter immediately making up for his error with a perfect cross to Matty Smith volleyed into the roof of the net at the back post..

It was soon 3-1 when Patching free kick was headed into his own net by Dawson Devoy with 15 minutes remaining.

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However, Devoy then fired an unstoppable effort into the corner of the net to set up a frantic final but Derry held on for a second successive victory ahead of their return to European competition next week.

BOHEMIANS: Ryan, Feely, Doherty, Coote, Ogedi-Uzokwe, Devoy, Murphy (Kelly 81), Levingston (Wilson 71) , Flores, Twardek (Mullins 65), Omochere.

DERRY CITY: Maher, Coll, McJannet, S McEleney, Lafferty (Toal 60), Porter (Kavanagh 60), Thomson, P McEleney, Patching, Smith (McLaughlin 90), Akintunde (McGonigle 70).

Referee: P McLaughlin.

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