“Feels like a defeat” says Derry’s Assistant manager Harkin 


Limerick and Derry City played out a 1-1 draw at the Markets Field on Saturday night, but Derry’s Assistant Manager Hugh Harkin was disappointed that the Candystripes didn’t take all three points after conceding a injury time equaliser. 

A powerful header by Aaron Barry after an Aaron McEneff corner gave the visitors the lead with just eleven minutes remaining.

However, with almost the last action of the game substitute Chiedozie Ogbene equalised with a close-range finish to rescue a point.

Speaking to theleagueofireland.com after the game Derry City Assistant Manager Hugh Harkin said, “The draw in all honesty felt like a defeat, having been on top for a large part of the game and taking the lead with ten minutes to go.”

“We should have been able to see it out, but Limerick threw a lot of bodies forward in the dying seconds, and unfortunately for us they got on to the end of a breaking ball in the box and scored.”

“In normal circumstances a point away from home is not a bad thing, but to concede in the manor we did, and at the time of the game was hard to take.”

We asked Limerick coach Joe Gamble about the young goalscorer Ogbene and he said, “He’s a great prospect for the future, fantastic attitude, and has a great work ethic. That work ethic alone will stand him in very good stead for the future.”

“For someone so young he knows exactly what he wants. He has the attributes to really light up the league, which he will. As the season has goes on he looks better and better with each game.”