Mark Timlin’s first-half injury-time strike sealed a 2-0 win for Derry City over Limerick in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at Jackman Park on Monday evening.
Listen to manager Martin Russell’s reaction, below.
Limerick should have taken the lead early on but Ger Doherty’s foot denied Paul O’Conor who was set up by Dean Clarke’s low delivery.
After Timlin saw a shot deflected just off target, Derry broke the deadlock from the penalty spot on 25 minutes when Conor O’Donnell brought down Patrick McEleney and Barry McNamee coolly converted.
Limerick looked to fight back and Paul O’Conor twice went close, but before the break it was 2-0 when Timlin brilliantly curled to the far corner of the net.
Seven minutes from time, O’Donnell prevented Derry from adding a third as he denied McEleney and Seán Houston blasted over the rebound.
Limerick could have got a late consolation but substitute Kieran Hanlon struck the post while captain Shane Duggan whistled an effort just wide of the top corner.
Manager Martin Russell made two changes to the team that lined out in Galway 72 hours earlier as Duggan and striker Vinny Faherty returned in place of Tony Whitehead and Ian Turner. Shane Tracy was included, at left-back, for his first home appearance since re-signing.
In the early moments, after Limerick sloppily conceded possession, Robbie Williams made a good block to deny McEleney a strike on goal from 25-yards.
On seven minutes, the home side should have been ahead when a good move ended with Faherty playing Clarke in on the left of the box and his cross was met by O’Conor whose strike was brilliantly stopped by the foot of Doherty.
Both teams were enjoying possession but after O’Donnell’s poor clearance fell to Seanan Clucas, a chance opened up for Derry. Timlin got in on goal but O’Donnell came out, with his effort deflected narrowly wide.
But the Candystripes were soon in front. O’Donnell’s kick-out went to the visitors and Philip Lowry picked out McNamee who put in McEleney who was taken down by the ‘keeper. McNamee stood up to slot in a cool penalty.
Moments later, it was almost 2-0 as Williams’ header back went past O’Donnell and, with McEleney arriving, the ball trickled just wide of the post in time.
On 36 minutes, good play by Limerick ended with the ball falling to O’Conor outside the box but he drilled an effort which was deflected just over.
Towards the end of the half, O’Conor glanced a Jason Hughes free-kick just wide. But two minutes into injury-time, Derry doubled their lead when Timlin found space on the right of the area – after work from McEleney and McNamee – and curled a fine shot to the far side of the net.
There was little of note in the second half, with Aidan Price on 55 minutes seeing his shot inside the box blocked and Houston two minutes later heading a Timlin right-wing cross just over.
On 83 minutes, it could have been 3-0 after substitute Ryan Curran picked out McEleney whose strike was pushed away by O’Donnell and Houston fired wildly over. In injury-time, Hanlon hit the woodwork from close in while Duggan narrowly missed the target, as Derry held firm for a clean-sheet in six minutes of added time.
Limerick: Conor O’Donnell, Seán Harding, Aidan Price, Robbie Williams (Tony Whitehead 90+1), Shane Tracy (Kieran Hanlon 73), Jason Hughes (Ian Turner 73), Paul O’Conor, Shane Duggan ©, Seán Russell, Vinny Faherty, Dean Clarke. Booked: C O’Donnell (25). Unused Subs: Tommy Holland (GK), Darragh Rainsford, Val Feeney, Paudie O’Connor.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty ©, Séamus Sharkey (Ryan Curran 76), Aaron Barry, Shane McEleney, Dean Jarvis, Seanan Clucas, Barry McNamee, Philip Lowry, Seán Houston, Mark Timlin, Patrick McEleney (Nathan Boyle 90+5). Goals: B McNamee (25 pen), M Timlin (45+2). Booked: S McEleney (14). Unused Subs: Shaun Patton (GK), Anthony Elding, Joshua Tracey, Cillian Morrison.
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin). Attendance: 354 (Official).
Report Date: Monday 20 April 2015