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Trabzonspor 4-2 Derry City

Updated: Friday, 19 Jul 2013 08:02 | Comments

Stewart Greacen celebrates with Derry City goalscorer David McDaid
Stewart Greacen celebrates with Derry City goalscorer David McDaid

Trabzonspor recorded an unconvincing 4-2 victory against a tenacious Derry City side in the first leg of their Europa League second qualifying round encounter on Thursday evening.

Adrian Mierzejewski and Paulo Henrique efforts gave the Turkish side a two-goal lead within 16 minutes, only for City to come storming back.

David McDaid pulled one back at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, before Patrick Kavanagh drew parity in the 32nd minute.

It had looked like another shock could be on the cards, only for an own goal from captain Barry Molloy to put Derry on the back foot before half-time.

Giray Kacar put Trabzonspor further ahead early in the second half but City continued to threaten, with Ryan McBride firing just wide in injury time as the match finished 4-2 to the hosts.

The second leg takes place in the Brandywell on Thursday, kick-off 745pm. 

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