Match Report


MacIvor 27 Fox 44

Doherty 43

League Cup Semi-Final

10 November 1999

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.

© Irish News []

Derry City: Platt, McCallion, Gallagher (McCaul 84), Hutton, Kelly, Doherty, Moran, Hegarty, Powell, Beckett, McIvor.
Goals: Johnny McIvor 27, Éamon Doherty 43.
Bray Wanderers: Walsh, Tresson, Grinde, Smyth, Doohan, Keogh, O'Connor, Fox (A. Byrne 66), O'Brien, Byrne, Connolly (Cassin 88).
Goals: Stephen Fox 44.

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