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Derry withstand red cards to remain unbeaten in top spot

Waterford 1-8 Derry 2-12

Shane McGuigan
Shane McGuigan

By Staff Reporter

Unbeaten Derry retained top spot, along with Leitrim, in Division Four after a hard-fought seven-point win at Waterford.

Damian McErlain's side withstood the loss of both Jason Rocks and Conor McAtamney to second half red cards, with goals from Shane McGuigan and Paul McNeill assuring the Oakleaf County their third consecutive win.

There was nothing to separate the two sides at the break, with the reading 1-5 apiece.

Sean Barrett ghosted in for his side's only goal of the game in their very first foray forward in the 11th minute to hand the hosts an early 1-0 to 0-1 lead.

Derry, nonetheless, enjoyed the better run in to the break. A point from Shane McGuigan provided a telling curtain-raiser for a goal from the same player as Derry wiped out the Waterford lead.

Shane McGuigan swung over two points, before Paul McNeill palmed home Derry's second goal in the 67th minute, after a run from Niall Toner.

Derry scorers: P McNeill (1-0), K McKaigue (0-1), E Bradley (0-2f), N Toner (0-1), S McGuigan (1-3), C Bradley (0-3). Subs: C McAtamney (0-1), E Lynn (0-1).

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