Date Time League Season
28 February 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Stalemate at the Brandywell

Northwest rivals Derry City and Sligo Rovers split the points tonight at the Brandywell, a 0-0 score-line justified given both teams struggle in the attacking department.

The hosts will have been disappointed not to have capitalised on a victory against Shamrock Rovers on Friday, while Sligo may be content with the result on the road given two impactful injured inflicted substitutions.

Always going to be tagged as a tough affair for the visitors given they only garnered a point from their four matchups with Derry last season, the game proved fairly uneventful with most of the play taking place in the middle of the park.

Derry dominated the first half, forcing Ed McGinty into plenty of touches on the ball. 

There Jamie McGonigle was denied only by the crossbar, as was Sligo captain David Cawley down the opposite side of the pitch just moments before halftime although the score line still read 0-0 heading into the break.

The less than expansive football rolled over then into the second half then, with neither side able to break through.

City tried to shake things up by introducing Matty Smith and Ronan Boyce shortly after the restart, as did Rovers who were forced into replacing Robbie McCourt with Paddy Kirk after the left back picked up an injury.

New kid on the block Aidan Keena had one of The Bit O’Red’s rare chances in the 47th minute but the Mullingar native failed to convert.

Greg Bolger picked up a yellow card before he collected a knock and was replaced by Niall Morahan, while Ciaran Coll made way for Daniel Lafferty.

Adam McDonnell and Will Fitzgerald also were shown yellow cards, exemplifying the tension in the fixture.

Later in the half Brandon Kavanagh and Eoin Toal came close for the Candystripes and Liam Buckley opted to wind down the clock and put on Max Mata and Seamus Keogh late on. 

In the next round both units will aspire to right some wrongs as Sligo are take on Dundalk, with the Ulster outfit set to clash with Shelbourne.

  • 94'

    Full time, 0-0 as the sides share the spoils

  • 93'

    Eoin Toal with another shot but he fumbles it in the box

  • 92'

    Eoin Toal with a bullet strike but it's out for a Sligo goal kick

  • 90'

    Derry calling for a corner as it comes off Morahan but the referee doesn't award it

  • 90'

    Four minutes added time awarded

  • 88'

    Fitzgerald picks up a yellow card

  • 86'

    Adam McDonnell off for Seamus Keogh, Mata on for Aidan Keena

  • 85'

    Great save by McGinty after an intended cross by Kavangh is tipped out over the bar

  • 85'

    Great save by McGinty after an intended cross by Kavangh is tipped out over the bar

  • 83'

    Yellow for McDonnell

  • 80'

    Into the final 10 minutes although there will be added time given the injury stoppages

  • 76'

    Lafferty on for Coll

  • 73'

    Bolger substituted for Niall Morahan

  • 72'

    Bolger down injured

  • 71'

    Still scoreless in the Brandywell, not much space for forward strives at the minute

  • 66'

    Bolger yellow carded

  • 65'

    Kirk on for McCourt

  • 58'

    Boyce and Smith on for Joe Thomson and Patrick McEleney

  • 57'

    Cawley shot but it's saved by Maher

  • 56'

    Corner for Sligo cleared for another corner by Derry

  • 47'

    Fitzgerald supplies Keena but he strikes it just over the bar

  • 45'

    The game has resumed

  • 46'


  • 45'

    Cawley hits the cross bar for Sligo! Lucky escape for Derry

  • 41'

    Nearing halftime it's still 0-0 in Derry. City showing optimistic signs towards goal but no breakthrough as of yet.

  • 36'

    McEleney playing some sensational cross field balls to his teammates tonight, one to Donegan there being the latest

  • 34'

    Bolger shoots but to no avail as it drifts wide. Little urgency about the game as of yet

  • 29'

    Toal headed opportunity comes to nothing

  • 27'

    Kavanagh and Derry in with a penalty shout but referee is having none of it

  • 26'

    O'Sullivan called offside in a rare attack this game for Sligo

  • 23'

    Patching free kick is cleared by The Bit O'Red

  • 19'

    McGinty with plenty of touches in the opening 20 minutes in the Brandywell, Sligo sustaining the pressure but Derry looking more likely to score so far

  • 17'

    McEleney dangerous for Derry here early on, supplying some elusive crosses and drawing fouls for frees in contentious areas

  • 13'

    Donegan cross is cleared by Buckley but only into Derry's feet. Corner surfaces after some back and forth

  • 12'

    Sligo playing the ball around the back, struggling to get out of their own half at the minute

  • 10'

    McJannett header from the resulting corner is held well by McGinty

  • 9'

    Jamie McGonigle off the bar! He was through on goal after a lofted ball in from Patching but the rebound is collected by Rovers

  • 7'

    Kavanagh's effort is punched out for a corner by McGinty. He curled it on the inside of his boot but the superb strike couldn't beat the Sligo net minder

  • 4'

    50/50 here in the opening exchanges so far. Sligo sporting their new third kit

  • Underway in Derry!

  • Buckley too reflected on the importance of tonight’s match, aspiring to “add to” last round’s triumph in Inchicore. “There’s an expectation they are really to try to win the league this season and it was a very good result for them last Friday” he said. “That said, we’ll go there with the onus on ourselves and look at how we can improve again.” “We know that you have to turn up in every game to get results in this league. It was just three points last Friday, a start, and something to build on. We’d love to add to it on Monday night.

  • Ruaidhri Higgins’ Candystripes are under no illusions however, citing that his side’s run of games are a “tough start” but that “every game in this league is a challenge.” “Once we came off the field we were turning our attention to Monday night. We can’t afford to lose the momentum of nights like this” he said. “Sligo have gone to St Pats and won and not many teams will do that this season.” “They’re a very good side and we need to be at the top of our game.”

  • Derry too are unbeaten thus far, their inaugural league clash this year against Dundalk yielding a 2-2 draw in Oriel Park.

  • The Bit O’Red will be hoping to alter that outlook this evening having bagged all three points away to St Patrick’s Athletic in their season opener. There Colm Horgan and new signing Aidan Keena were on target for Liam Buckley’s men, who’s intended first competitive game of 2022 was cancelled the week prior.

  • City, who wrapped up a 2-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers on Friday thanks to strikes from Will Patching and Jamie McGonigle, didn’t lose in any of their interactions with Sligo last season.

  • Two momentum struck northwest sides look to prolong their winning ways in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division tonight as Derry City host Sligo Rovers at The Brandywell come 7:45pm. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I will be bringing you tonight's match commentary.

Derry City

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll 24 Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
8Joe Thomson 11 Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney 12 Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
10Jamie McGonigle Forward
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
11Ronan Boyce 8 Defender
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty 3 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
38Liam Mullan Midfielder
12Matty Smith 10 Forward
16Shane McEleney Defender

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
5Robbie McCourt 3 Defender
6Greg Bolger 8 Midfielder 66'
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder 88'
9Aidan Keena 27 Forward
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
17Adam McDonnell 11 Midfielder 85'
22David Cawley Midfielder
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
Kailin Barlow Midfielder
3Paddy Kirk 5 Defender
3Colm Horgan Defender
8Niall Morahan 6 Midfielder
10Jordan Hamilton Forward
11Seamas Keogh 17 Midfielder
14Shane Blaney Defender
27Max Mata 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 35)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Sligo Rovers

(Series 25)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Series 17)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Sligo Rovers

(Series 7)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Quarter Final)
0 - 0
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Series 15)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Series 6)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Sligo Rovers


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

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.