Derry City were victorious in the North-West Derby last night in Finn Park, Ballybofey as the Candystripes went back above Shamrock Rovers and into third place in the Premier Division table.
A 2-0 win in front of a crowd of over 3,000 people, with both Darren Cole and Aaron McEneff scoring, was very pleasing for Derry City’s Assistant Manager Hugh Harkin.
It was a great win for Derry, as they backed up their 1-0 victory over Bohemians on Friday night. Harkin told us, “As you have said it was a great win and we were delighted to win the Derby game for our supporters, having let them them down earlier in the year when losing to Harps at home.”
“The match wasn’t a great game if I am honest, but this sometimes happens in these type of games.”
“Harps started the more determined and were fresher having not played for over a week. They set up to stop us playing and tried to force us to go long. They also went very direct and relied a lot on set piece situations as their best ways to score.”
“The second half saw us take a bit more control and the longer the game went on, the more we passed the ball, the more we were getting chances.”
“The game looked to be heading for a draw with both defences on top, but ironically it was us who scored from a set piece to send the fans home happy.”
“Harps pushed forward looking for an equaliser and we were able to pick them off and score a second to wrap the game up.”
Harkin was delighted for their debutant Eoin Toal. He said, “Young Eoin Toal made his debut and the 18 year old played like a veteran, never putting a foot wrong, and was deservedly MOTM. This was a brave decision by Kenny (Shiels) but was in line with our policy of give young players the chance to develop.”
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