Back-to-back draws for improving Derry

Maginn Park, Buncrana

Derry City secured a second successive point with a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Limerick last night in Maginn Park. 
The visitors took the lead after 12 minutes with a great strike from distance by their captain Shane Duggan.

Barry McNamee had an effort curl wide, before Brazilian striker Rodrigo Tosi had a couple of chances, one an effort from distance which went over the bar, and also a close-range header which was saved by Doherty.
On the hour mark Derry got back into the game. A wonderful Barry McNamee free-kick, his fifth goal of the season, as the game finished 1-1.

Speaking to Derry’s Assistant Manager Hugh Harkin after the game he was delighted with the character his players showed, “The lads are slowly starting to get their confidence back after the tragic loss of Ryan and the injuries to our other senior players namely Barry and Rory.”

“Once again the boys showed great character in coming from behind to earn a well deserved point, and if truth be told could have taken all three points particularly in the second half.”

“Limerick frustrated us in the first half as they worked hard at closing us down and scored a good goal when a mistake by Ben Doherty early in the first half saw him give the ball to Limerick. Shane Duggan took a great first touch which opened up the pitch, allowing him to drive his shot past Ger Doherty in goals.”

“The second half saw a more determined Derry and we played more on the front foot. Both Ronan Curtis and Nathan Boyle had chances before Barry McNamee scored a great free kick to level the game.”

When asked how his players have coped with the loss of their captain Hugh said, “I won’t lie, it’s been a hard few weeks for us all but we just have to stick together and keep working hard. We have turned defeats to draws and now we got to turn draws to wins and get to where we know we should be.”

Limerick coach Joe Gamble said, “The team performed exceptional well. Derry have always been a strong team at home. Our work rate, desire to fight for everything was great to see and showed a great steeliness about us.”

“On the ball, we were composed when we needed to and made great decisions at the right time. The goal was a superb strike by Shane Duggan a really quality goal and his performance was top drawer apart from his goal.”

“Was it a fair result, maybe yes, we didn’t have as much possession of the ball but we limited Derry to very little and we counter-attacked well.”

“In the second half Derry were pushing for the equaliser and put us under pressure, but again we defend well and never really looked in major trouble.”

“It was a great free kick from their point of view, but a poor decision in terms of attacking the ball costs us a free kick which they scored from.”
“Overall unbeaten in the last four games, currently in 4th position and a hugely positive performance from everyone.”

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