Derry City
VS
Sligo Rovers


Friday, 21 October, 2016
2 - 1
SSE Airtricity League
Aaron McEneff,
Barry McNamee
Pat McCann
Derry City battled back from a goal down to beat a spirited Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell.
 
After falling a goal behind to Pat McCann's first half strike, Kenny Shiels' side bounced back thanks to Aaron McEneff and Barry McNamee's goals.
 
Derry started on the front foot and they went close on two minutes but Lukas Schubert's drive was saved by Sligo keeper Ciaran Nugent.
 
Moments later the visitors were inches away from taken the lead but Philip Roberts' delicious chip, which had Gerard Doherty, came back off the bar.
 
City went close just after the half-hour mark but Aaron McEneff's long range free-kick was parried around the post by Nugent. Soon after Nugent was called into action this time another flowing move by the home side ended with Curtis' low drive being kept out by the Rovers keeper.
 
Rovers took the lead on 46 minutes as Doherty's punched clearance fell to Pat McCann and his left footed strike sailed over everyone and into the unguarded net.
 
Derry missed a gilt edge chance early after the break as Rory Patterson saw his close range left footed effort, which had Nugent beaten, whistle just wide.
 
Nugent made a remarkable save on 55 minutes, this time he somehow kept out Conor McCormack's close range half-volley.
 
Derry levelled things on 65 minutes as McEneff's low 25 yard strike gave Nugent no chance, finding the bottom left hand corner.
 
The home side took the lead on 76 minutes after a goal mouth scramble Barry McNamee cut in from the left hand side of the box, before side footing home with his weaker right foot.
 
Derry City: G Doherty, McDermott (Whiteside 80), Castells, Jarvis; Daniels, McCormack, McEneff, McNamee (B Doherty 80), Schubert (Boyle 70); Curtis, Patterson.
 
Sligo Rovers: Nugent, Boylan, Leahy, Peers, Donelon (Doyle 84); McCann, Roddan, Sadlier, Kearns, Russell (Place 77); Roberts.
 
Referee: Raymond Matthews (Longford).