Second-half performance sees Derry City overcome Waterford United

Second-half performance sees Derry City overcome Waterford United

Arthur Duffy

Derry City 1 Waterford Utd 0

The absence of Stanley Aboah and Bastien Hery didn't help Waterford United's cause, as Derry City extended their unbeaten run at the Brandywell tonight.

And while there was very little between the teams at half-time, a stunning second-half performance by the home lot saw them deservedly take the spoils in the end.

In what proved to be a competitive fixture, Derry gained revenge for their 2-1 defeat at the RSC earlier in the season.

Both created scoring chances during the opening period, but neither managed to find the net.

Derry's Rory Hale blasted high over the crossbar when the ball broke to him following a corner, however, five minutes later at the other end, Waterford really should have moved into the lead.

Gavan Holohan broke on the right and his superb pass fell perfectly for the unmarked Izzy Akinade but his tame shot was clear off the line by Derry defender, Gavin Peers.

Waterford keeper, Lawrence Vigouroux, did well to parry a low drive from Rory Hale in the 37th minute, turning the ball around his post.

And minutes before the break, Waterford went close again following a slip by young Derry centre-back Eoin Toal, gifting the ball to Akinade but his low drive was deflected wide at the expense of a corner.

Derry opened the second half brightly and they were rewarded for their adventurous start with both Rory Patterson and Ronan Curtis threatening before the home side had their supporters on their feet in the 52nd minute.

Ronan Hale worked his way forward and his curling cross to the back post was met by left-back, Jack Doyle, who headed firmly home.

Full-back Jack Doyle, on loan from Birmingham, kept his cool to head Derry firmly into the lead.

Curtis was denied by a superb save by Vigouroux in the 54th minute as Derry continued to surge forward.

The home side managed to weather a late storm and Aaron McEneff missed a glorious chance to put the game to bed, keeper, Vigouroux smothering the effort on his six yards line.

As the game entered injury time, Curtis broke free but lashed his shot over the crossbar when he really should have done better.

Derry City: Doherty; McDermott (Cole, 53), Peers, Toal, Doyle; Ronan Hale, Low, Rory Hale, Curtis; McEneff; Patterson.

Waterford: Vigouroux; Kavanagh, Feely, Webster, Barnett (Martin, 70); Keegan, Comerford (Daly, 70); Kasmi, Holohan, Puri (Walsh, 86); Akinade.

Referee: N. Doyle (Dublin).

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