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Candystripes get defence of cup off to a flying start

Derry City 3-0 Longford Town

Derry City began the defence of their EA Sports League Cup with a comfortable win over First Division side Longford at the Brandywell last night (stock picture)
Derry City began the defence of their EA Sports League Cup with a comfortable win over First Division side Longford at the Brandywell last night (stock picture)

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City began the defence of their EA Sports League Cup with a comfortable win over First Division side Longford at the Brandywell last night.

It was always a tall order for the visitors, especially after manager Neale Fenn made 11 changes from their weekend win over Shelbourne.

Eoghan Stokes and Jamie McDonagh had early shots at goal but the Candystripes had to wait until the 19th minute before they made the breakthrough.

It was a moment worth waiting for as Junior Ogide-Uzokwe got on the end of a cross from McDonagh and guided a precise header beyond Jack Menton and into the Longford net for 1-0.

Derry doubled their lead on 38 minutes. It was a moment of genuine quality from Stokes, who received the ball on the edge of the area and curled it brilliantly beyond Menton and into the top corner for 2-0.

The game was finally put beyond Longford on 70 minutes and it was a moment to forget for Menton as he spilled a speculative shot by Stokes from distance and could not regain his footing in time to prevent Gerardo Bruna sweeping in his first goal for Derry City.

Derry only looked like increasing their lead and McDonagh almost added a spectacular fourth as his drive from distance had to be tipped over the crossbar by a backtracking Menton.

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From the resulting corner Eoin Toal was denied a goal as his glancing header was cleared off the line by Tristan Noack-Hofman.

Longford were hanging on as the heavens opened and another corner almost proved their undoing again, McDonagh's delivery finding a combination of Ogide-Uzokwe and substitute Conor Gormley, but again the ball was stopped on the line.

But it was comfortable in the end for Derry City who eased through.

DERRY: Gartside, Coll, Toal, Kerr, McDonagh, Harkin (Tweed 70), Bruna, Ogedi-Uzokwe, Stokes, Seraf (Gormley 76), Parkhouse (McNamee 60).

LONGFORD: Menton, Noack-Hofman, Hollywood, Doyle, Knight, O'Connor, Manley, Fitzsimmons, Brennan, Chambers, O'Neill (O'Sullivan 70).

Referee: Damien McGraith

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