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Derry's European dreams turn into nightmare


By Eoin Wilson

Derry City's European adventure ended at the Brandywell last night as Trabzonspor proved to be a class above the League of Ireland side.

Hopes were high throughout that the Candy Stripes could produce a huge shock, having scored two away goals in last week's first leg, and they were still in the tie at half time, a brave effort seeing them hold the Turks to 0-0 at the break.

But Derry's hopes were unravelled when Paulo Henrique scored to give the Turks a commanding lead and although the City players rallied, they lacked the quality in the final third to really trouble the Turkish giants and another goal from Henrique plus a late strike from substitute Abdulkadir Ozdemir settled the tie.

Derry started the game brightly and came close just five minutes in.

Ryan McBride's tempting cross took out goalkeeper Onur Kivrak but just when it seemed as if Simon Madden was going to head the ball into tan empty net, Olcan Adin got back to head the ball behind for a corner.

City's first eal effort came on the half hour, a first time cross from Eoghan Osborne picking out the run of Higgins whose glancing header was fumbled by Kivrak, who recovered before David McDaid could take advantage.

Derry hearts were in their mouths just three minutes before the half time break when Osborne misplaced a simple defensive header which allowed Henrique to play Sen through on goal.

The tricky winger tried to place the ball past Gerard Doherty, but the goalkeeper got a vital touch. However the ball continued to trickle goalwards and it seemed set to end up in the net until Simon Madden intervened with a sensational goal line clearance.

Derry's luck ran out ten minutes into the second half when Trabzonspor broke the deadlock. Patrick McEleney lost possession in an advanced position and Trabzonspor broke quickly and although Sen's shot was charged down, the ball rolled through for Paulo Henrique who took a touch before rolling the ball under Gerard Doherty and into the net.

City's hopes were finally extinguished with just eight minutes remaining when Osborne was caught out of position and with Shane McEleney forced to come across to cover, Volkan Sen had the simple task of picking out Henrique in the middle, and the striker volleyed in his second goal of the night.

Trabzonspor, boosted by the knowledge of their progression, played without pressure in the closing stages and they should have had their third when Sen raced to the byline and pulled the ball back for Soner Aydogdu but the substitute blazed the ball high over the crossbar.

The Turks finished with a flourish as a weary City defence wilted and Abdulkadir Ozdemir drilled home a low shot from 20 yards to put gloss on the final scoreline.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Eoghan Osborne, Simon Madden, Stewart Greacen, Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride (Sean Houston 80'), Barry Molloy, Ruaidhri Higgins, Patrick McEleney (Barry McNamee 63'), Patrick Kavanagh (Michael Duffy 73'), David McDaid.

Trabzonspor: Onur Kivrak, Volkan Sen, Adrian Mierzejewski (Soner Aydogdu 83'), Paulo Henrique, Aykut Akgun, Gustavo Colman (Abdulkadir Ozdemir 45'), Mustafa Yumlu, Giray Kacar (Aykut Demir 45'), Ondrej Celustka, Zeki Yavru, Olcan Adin.

Referee: Michael Lerjeus (Sweden)

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