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Parkhouse proves extra special as Derry fight back to make semi-finals

Derry City 2-1 Finn Harps (aet)

Derry City ace David Parkhouse.
Derry City ace David Parkhouse.

By Eoin Wilson

David Parkhouse was the Derry City hero as the Candystripes saw off Finn Harps in extra-time to go through to the semi-finals of the EA Sports League Cup.

The striker turned this game around just when it looked like Harps would shock Derry, hitting a late equaliser before scoring the winner in extra-time.

It was Derry who almost took the lead on 15 minutes when Jamie McDonagh worked his way into the penalty area and crossed for Junior.

Harps managed to clear but the ball dropped to the edge of the penalty area where Ciaron Harkin connected with a brilliant volley which beat Mark McGinley, but it struck the post.

A brilliant move then saw Harkin and Barry McNamee link up and the City captain played the perfect through ball to send Junior in on goal. The forward drew goalkeeper McGinley off the line but opted to pass to Parkhouse and the ball was cleared.

The Brandywell was stunned on 55 minutes when Harps took the lead with their first shot on target. Colm Deasy crossed from the right and the ball deflected into the path of Nathan Boyle, who swept past Nathan Gartside.

Harps came close to finishing Derry off on 80 minutes when Caolan McAleer nutmegged Josh Kerr and curled the ball towards the bottom corner only to be denied by a fine save from Gartside.

Derry equalised within 60 seconds as Ciaran Coll delivered an exceptional cross from the left which missed Junior but not Parkhouse, who side-footed home from close range.

Derry needed just four minutes of extra-time before breaking through again. A long clearance by Coll sent Parkhouse away, and he beat McGinley to the ball before knocking it home.

Harps should have scored on 101 minutes when a free-kick into the Derry area was bizarrely headed across his own goal by McDonagh, presenting Mikey Place with a free header which he bundled past Gartside, only for Coll to hack off the line.

Harps pushed hard in the second period of extra-time but then saw Mark Coyle handed a second yellow card.

Derry held firm to go through.

Derry City: N Gartside, J McDonagh, A Gilchrist, J Kerr (C McDermott 117), C Coll (J Malone 109), C Harkin, B McNamee (E Toal 104), G Bruna, A Delap (G Seraf 82), J Ogedi-Uzokwe, D Parkhouse.

Finn Harps: MA McGinley, C Deasy, N Logue, S Todd, D O'Reilly, K Cowan, C McAleer, N Boyle (M Coyle 72), M Place, L Walsh (R Cretaro 86), S Doherty (T McNamee 90).

Referee: J McLoughlin

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