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Shelbourne 0-3 Derry City

Updated: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 10:37 | Comments

Derry City's David McDaid celebrates with Barry McNamee
Derry City's David McDaid celebrates with Barry McNamee

Derry City booked their place in the FAI Ford Cup final with a clinical 3-0 win against Shelbourne in their semi-final replay at Tolka Park.

Shelbourne had the better of the first half but Stephen McLaughlin gave Derry the lead on the stroke of half-time, finishing from Simon Madden’s right wing cross.

McLaughlin doubled the lead in the second when he fired past Chris Bennion at the near post before David McDaid sealed the win when he rounded Bennion after beating the offside trap.

Shelbourne named an unchanged side from the original tie on Sunday, while Derry brought Barry McNamee in for Rory Patterson.

The visitors controlled the opening fifteen minutes but Shelbourne began to get into the game there after. Ger Doherty did well to push David Cassidy’s corner wide before Shels went even closer.

Cassidy again whipped in the corner, which met the head of Stephen Paisley, but Patrick McEleney came to Derry's rescue with a vital goal line clearance.

Shels went closer four minutes later through Kevin Dawson. The midfielder’s run down the right teed him up for a strike across Doherty’s goal but the ball struck the post and rolled across the goalmouth after another important McEleney defensive touch.

The Candystripes tried to relieve the pressure and McEleney was again the man involved. Barry McNamee played the ball to McEleney 25-yards from goal and he unleashed a rocket that came crashing back off the crossbar.

The opening goal finally arrived one minute before half time and it was the away side who took the lead against the run of play. Madden made room down the right and his low cross was met by the run of McLaughlin who fired right footed past Bennion for the half-time lead.

The opening quarter of the second period saw both sides throw everything but create little in the way of clear cut chances. Derry  broke down the right with McLaughlin finding in acres of space seventeen minutes into the second half. He raced toward goal, cut back inside Paisley before firing past Bennion at his near post to double their lead.

Two quickly turned to three for the away side as David McDaid extended their lead. Barry Molloy played the ball over the top for McDaid, who beat the offside trap. He rounded Bennion, who managed to get a touch, but the ball dropped for the striker to fire into the empty net.

Shels battled hard to get back into the game but never really threatened Ger Doherty. Derry sub Ruaidhri Higgins almost made it four with a fierce strike with three minutes left but it went inches wide off the crossbar.

Shelbourne: Chris Bennion; Ian Ryan, Andy Boyle, Stephen Paisley, Sean Byrne; Paddy Kavanagh, Glenn Cronin, David Cassidy (Conan Byrne 83), Kevin Dawson; Paul Byrne (Philip Gorman 67), Philip Hughes.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Stewart Greacen, Shane McEleney, Dermot McCaffrey, Barry McNamee (Ruaidhri Higgins 68), Barry Molloy, Kevin Deery (Mark Brolly 86), Patrick McEleney, Stephen McLaughlin, David McDaid.

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

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