Derry march into the last eight

Published Friday, 22 August 2014
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Two goals in two minutes set Derry City on their way to a comfortable 3-0 FAI Cup win over Malahide at the Brandywell on Friday night.

Derry march into the last eight
Derry's Patrick McEleney scored the first goal. (© Presseye)

After a scoreless first half Patrick McEleney on 53 minutes and Michael Duffy on 55 minutes more or less sealed City's passage into the quarter-finals of the competition.

After three successive league defeats, Peter Hutton's side have set the cup as their priority and only realistic passage into Europe.

The Candystripes looked composed in the first half but just could not find the net, hitting the bar and post along with a series of missed chances.

However, their patience paid off early in the second half when McEleney cracked a superb effort home from 20 yards out and Duffy made it 2-0 soon after. Malahide keeper Brian Kane denied Duffy from grabbing another goal a minute later with a superb save.

At this stage City were well on top and a goal feast was expected but the woodwork again came to the rescue of the visitors when Stephen Dooley's shot deflected off Kane and clipped the bar.

Former Linfield midfielder Philip Lowry made it 3-0 on 74 minutes and City went in search of their 50th goal in all competitions this season and they almost got it when Mark Timlin went down in the box but their shout for a penalty was waved away by referee Robert Rogers.

City last won the cup in 2012 when they defeated St Pat's Athletic 3-2 but they are in the draw for the next round which is what cup football is all about.

© UTV News
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