McNamee feels Derry “are on the way back”

Derry City Midfielder Barry McNamee

Barry McNamee scored his fifth goal of the season in last night’s 1-1 draw with Limerick in Maginn Park.

Another top-notch free-kick by the 25 year-old midfielder means he has now reached his goal total for the whole of the 2016 season in just six starts this term.

He feels that City were a little unfortunate not to have gained all three points from the game, which was re-arranged due to floodlight failure. McNamee said, “We were a bit disappointed to drop two points. We were poor in the first half but we felt we were in control of the game especially in the second half. Duggan scored a great goal for them and it knocked us back a bit but we regrouped at half time and played much better in the second half.”

Speaking about his goal, “The free kick was similar to the one against Drogheda last month. In those situations I just try make sure to hit the target and work the keeper, and luckily this time it’s gone in.”

Check out his strike here, from behind the goal;

He also spoke about the trauma the squad suffered after the untimely death of the club’s captain Ryan McBride, “We had a great start to the season winning our first four games. Obviously then we lost Ryan and it’s been tough on the players, staff and supporters, and it’s taking us a while to get over that, both emotionally and actually replacing the player himself on the pitch.”

“But we feel after the last two performances we are back on the up and getting closer to where we want to be. There’s still a lot to play for this year with the European games to look forward to as well, so we’re looking to get back to winning ways starting with St Pats on Friday.”