Derry City got their third win in nine games after they managed to run away 2-1 against Galway United at Maginn Park. The Candystripes stunned The Tribesmen with two goals in ten minutes in Buncrana, but soon took their foot off the gas, and Galway
Derry City got their third win in nine games after they managed to run away 2-1 against Galway United at Maginn Park.
The Candystripes stunned The Tribesmen with two goals in ten minutes in Buncrana, but soon took their foot off the gas, and Galway almost pulled back level on a number of occasions during the fixture.
However, Derry manager Kenny Shiels was delighted that his side managed to get over the line despite not killing off Galway with more than the two goals they scored during the 90 minutes.
“I thought it was a very good performance, considering a lot because their such a difficult team to play against, they just keep playing direct, one phase and then work off second balls.
“You could see with the young players that we have, done really well against it because they are learning all the time, they learned so much tonight, and to come away with a win was outrageously good because we are sitting in third position,” Shiels said.
The Derry manager was especially impressed with his young players, who have had to step up over recent months after The Foylesiders suffered significant injuries to their first team squad.
“Of the eighteen, eleven are under twenty-one, I think it was six we had on the pitch at one time that are teenagers and the growth that’s going on there.
“Nine of the eleven are local lads – nine of the starting eleven are local lads!
“Which is immense for any club and you look at the commitment that’s gone for that to be there and the courage to play the young lads, I feel so proud of them,” Shiels added.
Derry City moved up to third position with the win and the three points moved them one point above Bray Wanderers with a game in hand and Shiels was delighted that his squad have come this far going into the break.
“To do that you are usually trying to fight a relegation battle and we are sitting in third position and why not, lets blow our own trumpet because it’s ten games undefeated, okay we can dress it up, three wins and seven draws, but ten games undefeated with a shallow squad and getting a couple of lads out of school to come in, I can’t sing their praises enough, the players have been unbelievable.”