Derry City ease past Sligo Rovers in EA Sports League Cup
DERRY City cruised through to the next round of the EA Sports League Cup thanks to a Nathan Boyle double at the Brandywell last night.
The striker, who memorably came off the substitutes’ bench to score twice against Galway United earlier this season, took advantage of a rare start to extend the Candy Stripes’ unbeaten run to eight games.
After a low key start, the game got the spark it most certainly needed on 34 minutes when a moment of inspiration from two Derry players resulted in the Candy Stripes taking the lead.
Barry McNamee broke up a Sligo attack 25 yards from his own goal and attempted to play the ball wide to Nathan Boyle. His pass was intercepted but the loose ball was seized upon by Niclas Vemmelund, who whipped a superb ball into the path of the City striker. There was still a significant amount for Boyle to do, but he turned on the afterburners and sped past Gary Boylan, before drilling the ball low past Schlingermann for his third goal of the season.
There was suddenly a zip about Derry’s play following that goal and Boyle almost went from goalscorer to goal-maker when he popped up on the left wing and picked out a pass for Jordan Allan, but City’s lone striker got underneath the ball and sent his shot high over the crossbar.
It got even better for Derry City on the stroke of half time as Boyle took advantage of a howler from Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, who completely misjudged the bounce of the ball on the edge of his own penalty area. Boyle, sensing that the defender was in trouble, pounced immediately to go through on goal and side-foot the ball expertly past Schlingermann to make it 2-0.
The second half was largely uneventful, but the Brandywell fans rose to their feet on the hour mark to welcome the return of Josh Daniels to the City first team.
Sligo Rovers substitute John Russell really should have pulled a goal back on 77 minutes when he raced through one on one against Gerard Doherty, but he sent his shot horribly wide of the target, and the game petered out into a comfortable Derry victory.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Niclas Vemmelund, Aaron McEneff, Ryan McBride, Conor McCormack, Barry McNamee, Jordan Allen (Rory Patterson 71’), Nathan Boyle (Josh Daniels 59’), Patrick McCleaan, Conor McDermott, Ronan Curtis (Ryan Doherty 79’).
Sligo Rovers: Michael Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Regan Donelon, Mick Leahy, Craig Roddan, Philip Roberts (Mickey Place 79’), Raffaele Cretaro, Kieran Sadlier (John Russell 56’), Gary Boylan, Jimmy Keohane (Jaanai Gordon 79’), Liam Martin.
Referee: Andrew Davey.