Galway Utd 1-4 Derry City: Eamon Zayed could turn out to be an inspirational figure for Derry City this season.
He didn’t make the most auspicious of starts at City, but over the past few weeks he has found hit shooting boots — as Derry have acquired the winning habit.
It was Zayed’s strike on the stroke of half-time which set Derry on their way to a 4-1 victory over Galway United at Terryland Park last night.
And what a goal it was. He allowed Kevin Deery’s through ball to run across him to catch out a couple of defenders, then turned and unleashed a peach of a shot past Greg Fleming.
The second half had barely begun before Derry doubled their advantage, this time with a strike by James McClean. Again it was Deery who was the provider, sending the winger away to beat Fleming with a lovely low strike.
Four minutes later Bobby Ryan stunned Derry by pulling one back for United as he picked up the ball on the halfway line, ran to the edge of the area and unleashed a great shot which beat Gerard Doherty hands up.
But that was as good as it was to get for the home side. Their hope lasted for less than five minutes as McClean weighed in with another spectacular goal in the 54th minute, this time with a shot from outside the area which left Fleming motionless.
Then, in the 63rd minute, all doubt about the outcome was erased when Gareth McGlynn continued his good scoring form, with a bullet of a header home from Patrick McEleney’s cross.
David McDaid came on as a late replacement for Zayed in the last minute of the game and very nearly snatched a fifth with a brilliant lob which crashed back off the crossbar.
Galway United: Fleming, Feeney, Shaun Kelly, Sinnott, Walsh, De Silva, Maher, Moore, Ryan, Cash, Sean Kelly. Subs: Curran, Duffy, Gary Kelly, Keogh, Smith, Winn.
Derry City: Doherty, Greacen, Lafferty, McCallion, S McEleney, Deery, Higgins, McClean, McGlynn, P McEleney, Zayed. Subs: Friars, T McBride, R McBride, M McCrudden, McDaid, McLaughlin.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).