Match ReportDERRY CITY 2-1 BRAY WANDERERS
League Cup Semi-Final
Derry do it with first half goals
First half goals from Eamonn Doherty and Johnny McIvor were enough to take Derry City into their first League Cup final for six years.
It was a thoroughly deserved victory after 90 minutes of entertaining football against a determined Bray side.
Derry gave a debut to Sheffield Wednesday’s Vill Powell and he showed enough to suggest his lone period could prove profitable for the Brandywell club.
He played a central part in Derry’s second goal when his shot was parried by goalkeeper Walsh, only for McIvor to follow up and score.
Earlier Derry had taken the lead through Eamonn Doherty after three of his previous efforts had failed to find the net.
On the fourth occasion he picked his spot after good work on the left by Gary Beckett.
Derry’s second goal just before half-time looked to have settled the game as a contest but a lack of concentration then cost them.
Bray hit back after half-time with a fine header Stephen Fox to keep the game alive.
Derry had numerous chances to finish Bray off in the second period but failed to take advantage.
Colin Tresson then missed a glorious opportunity to snatch a late equaliser for Bray but his free header from eight yards flew harmlessly over the crossbar.
Derry now meet Athlone Town in the final with a date and venue yet to be decided.
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Derry City: Platt, McCallion, Gallagher (McCaul 84), Hutton, Kelly, Doherty, Moran, Hegarty, Powell, Beckett, McIvor.