Monday 11 December 2017

Late goals kill off ten-man Rovers

Kieran Marty Waters, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Stephen Dooley, Derry City.
Kieran Marty Waters, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Stephen Dooley, Derry City.

DERRY CITY will face St Pat's Athletic in the Ford FAI Cup final after a dramatic 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in last night's semi-final replay at the Brandywell.

The Hoops tired late on, having had Jason McGuinness dismissed (two yellows) in 64th minute and their hosts took full advantage with two late goals to set up next month's decider (November 2) at the Aviva Stadium.

Most of the excitement was compacted into the final minutes as the Candystripes struck twice in the dying embers to snatch victory when the game looked to be headed towards extra-time.

Derry survived a scare on the half-hour when Kieran Marty Waters drilled wide with goalkeeper Gerard Doherty scampering back to his line after being beaten in a race for the ball by Ronan Finn.

Thirteen minutes from time Patrick McEleney when close to breaking the deadlock when his shot struck Barry Murphy's upright - it was an ominous sign of what was to come for the visitors.

Derry got the breakthrough in the 88th minute when Michael Duffy got to the ball first to flick past keeper Barry Murphy.


Rory Patterson, who had earlier missed a penalty, blasted into the roof of the net in stoppage-time to make it 2-0.

Pat's will be hoping it's a case of third time lucky as they lost to Derry in the deciders in both 2006 and again in 2012.

Both those Cup Finals went to extra-time with the Candystripes eventually prevailing 3-2 in 2012, while the score was 4-3 after a thriller six years earlier.

The Inchicore side will be hoping of ending a 53-year famine to when they last tasted FAI Cup glory - when they defeated Drumcondra in the 1961 decider at Dalymount Park.

They will look to two-time Cup winner Killian Brennan, a winner in 2006 and 2008 with opponents Derry City, to lead the way.

"The last time I was there was in '08 and I got a winner's medal, so fingers crossed that it's another one," said Brennan, who scored two goals in last Sunday's semi-final rout of Finn Harps in Richmond Park.

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