Doyle double seals Clara's fate

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Doyle double seals Clara's fate thumbnailLuke Dignam pictured in action for Clara ahead of Derry Rovers' Jonathan Muleady. OH38-18-0896

Clara Town 1 Derry Rovers 5

DYNAMIC Derry Rovers destroyed Clara Town with a five-goal special on Sunday in the Leinster Junior Cup.
Rovers were rampant throughout and the peerless Jack Doyle helped himself to two of his side's goals.
Though Derry Rovers deserve all the praise they get for racking up such a scoreline on away territory, it was truly shocking how accommodating the opposing defence was.
This correspondent has never seen a Clara Town team, be it first or second string, stagger to the half-time whistle 3-0 down.
But that was the case at Stanley O'Hara Park where the Edenderry visitors ruthlessly made the most of the hosts' generosity.
The initial goal came early, Doyle slotting home clinically as he slipped in between two Clara opponents for a strike past Mark Rickard.
The home side, now managed by Joey Deehan, dominated possession for a long period after that but rarely really troubled Damien Dempsey in the Rovers goal.
Admittedly, it was an understrength Clara line-up which took the field, partly because of a stag night, but nonetheless their league form has been much more promising than Derry Rovers.
JJ Colsh was a notable absentee and Clara had Stephen Deehan on the bench so it was no surprise when he was introduced in the 41st minute.
Clara were two down by then however as the impressive Shane Murphy got on the end of a 31st minute ball over the top and tapped home.
Two minutes before the break Derry got their third when a throw-in from Gary Redmond found its was to Michael Murphy in the box and he shot home with the sweetest volley on the swivel.
With wind advantage favouring them after the interval it was a resurgent Clara which kicked off, aided considerably by the introduction of Deasun Baggot in midfield.
They were rewarded when Stephen Deehan's gifted left boot spun a corner kick into the net in the 59th minute but that good work was undone immediately from the kick-off when a terrible mix-up at the back allowed Dillon Ritchie set up Doyle's second.
With Stephen Murtagh a towering figure at centre back, Rovers had the player Clara lacked. Even the best efforts of the impressive Sean Tierney up the right wing could not unlock the Derry Rovers defence.
There were some tense exchanges as Clara became frustrated and Deasun Baggot and Michael Murphy were both booked after one close encounter.
The visitors went on to add a fifth in stoppage time when Ritchie found substitute Ssango Douala in the box and he made the most of the space given him to stroke the ball home.
Clara Town: Mark Rickard; Sean Tierney, Kyle Stewart, Sean Moran, Keir Mannering, Richie Slammon, Davy Minnock, Bob Mitchell, James Moran, Luke Dignam, Josh Fleming. Subs: Stephen Deehan for Josh Fleming (41 mins), Deasun Baggot for Kyle Stewart (46 mins), Mark Mullen for Jimmy Moran (68 mins).
Derry Rovers: Damien Dempsey; Robert Arnold, Aaron Moules, Michael Murphy, Stephen Murtagh, Vincent Poole, Gary Redmond, Jonathan Muleady, Jack Doyle, Shane Murphy, Dillon Ritchie. Subs: Ssango Doula and Jason McNamee for Shane Murphy and Michael Murphy (80 mins).
Referee: Brendan Kelly.


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