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Monday 20 August 2018

McDaid puts Derry back on top

Substitute Davy McDaid was Derry City's hero as he netted what could turn out to be a priceless winning goal over a spirited UCD side at the Brandywell as the Candystripes returned to the Premier League summit.

UCD broke the deadlock after just 18 minutes when Graham Rusk latched onto Darren Meenan's pass and the striker made no mistake from 12 yards.

Derry's sustained pressure after the break finally paid off in the 70th minute when Barry Molloy fed Eamon Zayed and when he laid the ball back into the path of Kevin Deery, the captain finished with aplomb.

Eight minutes from the end, Derry pulled the game out of the fire and it was McDaid who netted the vital strike having entered the fray minutes earlier.

Veterans Owen Heary and Glen Cronin were on the mark either side of half-time as Bohemians came away from Drogheda's Hunky Dorys Park with the spoils thanks to a 2-0 victory.

The Boynesiders were a match for the Phibsboro men in the opening quarter, but the damage was done in a six-minute spell either side of the break.

On 43 minutes referee Tom Connolly penalised Brian Gannon for a foul near the right touchline and Killian Brennan's subsequent inswinging free-kick was powerfully headed home by Owen Heary at the back post.

Worse was to follow for the Drogs just four minutes into the second half when Cronin pounced on a terrible mix-up before his driving shot was deflected past Duggan.

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