Date Time League Season
25 February 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

McGonigle fires late winner for Derry

A 95th Jamie McGonigle goal sent Brandywell into hysterics as Derry City beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1.

Will Patching and Dylan Watts provided the game’s other goals in a fiercely contested affair.

On a windy night in Brandywell 'The Candystripes' did not shy away from the challenge of facing the defending champions.

Ruaidhri Higgins’s men looked the better side in the opening 45 minutes despite the sides going into the break scoreless.

Just 10 minutes after the restart Jamie McGonigle was bowled over in the box by Jack Byrne. Will Pathcing sent Alan Mannus the wrong way to give City a well earned lead. 

Derry continued to frustrate the defending champions by slowing the game down and sitting back. Rovers struggled to get into their groove. Jack Byrne’s delivery from set-pieces was nowhere near its usual high standard. 

The Hoops flexed their immense squad depth with a triple substitution that saw Graham Burke, Andy Lyons and Dylan Watts come on. 

It was Watts that proved to have the biggest impact of that trio when on 73 minutes the Rovers number seven curled a free-kick to level the score and inject some hope into Stephen Bradley’s side. 

Those substitutes improved Rovers and they began to look the more threatening side, moving the ball quickly and playing with more urgency. Still The Candystripes remained stern and resilient in defence. 

As the final minute of injury-time approached it seemed as though Derry would have to settle for a bittersweet point, until Rocardo Lopes botched a pass back towards his own goal. 

This sent Jamie McGonigle through on goal, gliding past two Rovers defenders before sending the ball into the roof of the net and Brandywell into utter euphoria.

Derry finished the night on top of the table and now turn their attention to Monday when they welcome Sligo Rovers to Brandywell. The Hoops will look to bounce back at home to Drogheda United also on the same night.

  • 90'

    GOAL! McGonigle with what is surely the winner

  • 90'

    Five minutes of added time to be played as Rovers win a free-kick

  • 85'

    Five left to play at Brandywell, it could still go either way yet Rovers are looking more threatening now

  • 78'

    Rovers looking more alive now, spurred on by the equaliser

  • 73'

    It's level! Dylan Watts curls in a free-kick

  • 70'

    Hoops win a free-kick right on the edge of Derry's area

  • 68'

    Game has turned scrappy as Derry are happy to sit back while Rover desperately search for a goal

  • 61'

    A few misplaced passes from Rovers, Stephen Bradley will not be impressed by his side's showing thus far

  • 55'

    GOAL! Pathcing slots the penalty home

  • 54'

    McGonigle goes down in the area and Derry have a penalty

  • 53'

    Lopes is booked for a foul on Kavanagh

  • 50'

    Gaffney flicks a header from a Cotter throw-in but its straight into the arms of Maher

  • 45'

    Rovers get the second-half underway

  • 45'

    HT: Scoreless at the break, Derry have edged the first 45 at Brandywell creating the best chances. Rovers will be happy to go in at the break having not conceded

  • 45'

    A minute of added time to be played

  • 43'

    Mandriou attempts a bicycle kick and forces Maher to palm the ball out for a corner. What a goal that would have been

  • 42'

    Half-time only a few minutes away, neither side able to create much with the harsh winds at Brandywell

  • 34'

    Byrne goes into the book after a high tackle on Lafferty

  • 30'

    McGonigle with an effort from distance but it trickles wide

  • 29'

    The frantic pace of the game has quietened down, however it is all still to play for. Both teams evenly poised

  • 24'

    McGonigle is denied by a great block by Lopes

  • 20'

    Lafferty with a header at the far post, but it only finds the side netting

  • 18'

    Maher makes a great save to deny Gaffney who was through one-on-one

  • 13'

    McGonigle gets a flick off of Brian Kavanagh's cross but Mannus makes an esay save. A positive start from the hosts

  • 10'

    Eoin Toal heads just wide

  • 4'

    Kavanagh with an effort that is easy enough for Mannus to deal with

  • 2'

    Mandriou with an early effort that goes wide

  • 1'

    The hosts get things underway

  • Just 15 minutes until kick-off. Can Rovers make it two from two or will The Candystripes bounce back with a win after their 2-2 draw away to Dundalk last week?

  • Hoops team news is in

  • Derry team news is in

  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers. Kick-off at Brandywell is at 7.45pm. My name is Seán Crosbie and I will be updating you throughout tonight's match.

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
24Danny Lafferty Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
4Ciaron Harkin 11 Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder 55'
10Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
11James Akintunde 11 Forward
9Jamie McGonigle Forward 90'
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll Defender
11Patrick McEleney 11 Midfielder
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
29Jack Malone Midfielder
34Orrin McLaughlin Forward
11Ronan Boyce 4 Defender

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender 54'
5Lee Grace Defender
6Barry Cotter 24 Defender
8Ronan Finn 2 Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou 10 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
17Richie Towell 7 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 9 Forward
29Jack Byrne Midfielder 34'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
24Sean Jones-Carey Defender
2Sean Gannon 8 Defender
7Dylan Watts 17 Midfielder 73'
9Aaron Greene 20 Forward
10Graham Burke 14 Forward
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder
24Andy Lyons 6 Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 29)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 21)
2 - 4
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 2)
0 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 16)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City

(Series 7)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers


The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.