Date Time League Season
2 July 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

City claim home win over Waterford

In a match which was one-way traffic from the off, Derry City's youth and experience told, to help brush aside an uninspiring Waterford side.

The 2-0 score line didn’t flatter the home side. Ruaidhri Higgins men dominated possession throughout.

Candystripes debutant Evan McLaughlin opened the scoring with a deflected shot, after some scrappy play in the box.
Joe Thomson made it two with a beautiful finish into the top left corner after beating a tackle.

Proceedings started with Derry having plenty of the ball, but failing to break open the stubborn Blues backline. Long balls weren’t quite connecting with Junior and James Akintunde up front.

Some sparks in the final third did come from Danny Lafferty though, as he blitzed forward down the left. A pulled-back cross found the young McLaughlin, but his clean hit couldn’t find the net.

McLaughlin continued to impress. Having only signed a professional contract this week, some may have expected him to be nervous. This was anything but the case, the midfielder’s Late runs were tearing holes in the visitor’s defence.

Finally, one such run bore fruit just before the break. A ball into the area pinged about off knees and bodies, but McLaughlin battled and slid to strike the ball, it deflected in past a helpless Brian Murphy.

Derry gave the Brandywell faithful something else to cheer about just after half time. Akintunde worked hard to keep hold of the ball before feeding Joe Thomson.

The Scot just about squeezed the ball from under his feet, inching past a tackle, before taking aim with his left foot. The result was a very classy finish, that the ‘keeper once again had no chance to save.

Marc Bircham’s side tried to assert themselves with twenty minutes to go, hitting the post on one occasion, but it was easy to see that Derry were the better team.

New Candystripes signing Jamie McGonigle looked dangerous in a half an hour cameo, with a powerful shot saved, and a scuffed finish at the back post just before time.

City can be pleased with the performance, they’ve picked up a valuable home win, and moved themselves even further from the drop zone. However, for Bircham and the Blues, there isn’t going to be a sudden upturn in fortunes, it’s going to take hard work to escape their predicament.

  • Full time: Derry City 2-0 Waterford.

  • 90'

    McGonigle nearly makes it three as he escapes his marker at the back post to connect with a cross. The ball slips off his foot, a good connection and it would have been in.

  • 90'

    It really doesn't look like the Blues are going to get anything here, it hasn't for the majority of the 90. They've improved in the last 30 minutes, but they really haven't threatened the Derry goal.

  • 85'

    Eoin Toal is incredibly lucky as he pulls his man down while through on goal. Should've been a red, but the referee gives a yellow?

  • 81'

    George Forrest is on for Waterford.

  • 81'

    Power is off for Waterford.

  • 77'

    Jamie McGonigle looks dangerous. The new signing has a crack from the edge of the box, but Murphy gets across well to palm the ball away.

  • 75'

    Cian Kavanagh has a shot ping off the post, by far the best chance for Waterford so far. They've improved, but will it be enough?

  • 73'

    Akintunde and goalscorer McLaughlin are off for Derry.

  • 73'

    Fitzgerald and Cole are on for Derry.

  • 71'

    Another yellow card for Waterford.

  • 66'

    Cian Kavanagh is on for Waterford.

  • 66'

    Hutchison is off for Waterford.

  • 63'

    Junior is off for the Candystripes.

  • 63'

    Jamie McGonigle is on for his debut for Derry.

  • 61'

    Marc Bircham really needs to change something. Derry look like they're from a division higher. The Blues have offered absolutely nothing all game long, it must be painful to watch for the fans.

  • 56'

    It's early in the second half, but it looks like game over. Derry are rampant. They've just had another chance as Lafferty drills a cross into the box and it deflects towards goal for Murphy to save.

  • 52'

    What a goal from Joe Thomson! He jinks around a couple of tackles after recieving the ball from Akintunde. Then spots the far corner and whips the ball into the top bins. 2-0!

  • 50'

    Players are slipping all over the place in this second half. The half time watering of the pitch isn't having the desired effect.

  • 46'

    We're back underway!

  • 45'

    Tshimpamba is off for Waterford.

  • 45'

    Half time sub and Sobowale is on for Waterford.

  • Half Time: Derry City 1-0 Waterford

  • 42'

    Goal Derry! The most dangerous player on the pitch, Evan McLaughlin, scores on his debut! A scrap in the box is ended as his deflected strike dribbles past the 'keeper.

  • 38'

    A Derry corner is quickly pulled to the edge of the area. It's that man Evan McLaughlin again, who takes a touch and shoots, but it's an easy save for Brian Murphy.

  • 35'

    Max Hutchison picks up his first League of Ireland yellow card on his debut.

  • 31'

    Tshimpamba picks up the first yellow card of the evening.

  • 28'

    Evan McLaughlin has a fantastic chance on his debut. Lafferty used his pace down the left, pulled the ball back, and McLaughlin lashed an effort towards goal. Hutchison gets a block in to prevent a goal.

  • 25'

    A free-kick into the Candystripes box leads to some chaos, the ball lands to Evans who scuffs his strike. Toal throws himself in front on the shot to nullify the danger.

  • 23'

    Great chance for Derry as a fast break leads to Joe Thomson firing a ball into the box. He was aiming for Junior, but couldn't quite pick him out.

  • 18'

    Derry are having a lot of the ball, they aren't doing much with it though, as they're failing to get the ball to Akintunde and Junior in dangerous areas. They keep attempting to switch the ball, because the pass is always on, but it's rarely coming off.

  • 12'

    Junior is on the end of a hefty challenge from new Waterford man Max Hutchison. He's lucky to get away without a booking.

  • 10'

    Without really creating any good chances, Derry have been on top. Waterford have been sloppy on the ball, and the home side have had plenty of space to attack down the flanks.

  • 6'

    First real chance of the game, as Toal meets a corner. His header doesn't find the target though.

  • 5'

    It's been a cagey start. Both sides have been pumping the ball long, and the ball hasn't been sticking up front.

  • 1'

    And we're off, Waterford get things started!

  • There's been plenty of transfer action in recent days across the League of Ireland. The most recent has come from Waterford, who just confirmed the signings of Max Hutchison (who starts this evening) and George Forrest.

  • Waterford team news: there's three changes to the side that drew last time out. O'Reilly, Molloy and Mascoll are out. New signing Hutchison, Tshimpamba and Evans are in.

  • Derry team news: there's a trio of changes that Ruaidhri Higgins makes to the side that lost to Dundalk. Malone, Fitzgerald and Parkhouse are out. Coll, McLaughlin and Junior (having recently joined on loan from Dundalk) come in.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Derry City vs Waterford this evening. I'm Jon Parkin, and I will be covering today's game.

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
6Eoin Toal Defender 85'
8Joe Thomson Midfielder 52'
11James Akintunde 7 Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 10 Forward
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
25Evan McLaughlin 20 Defender 42'
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
7Will Fitzgerald 11 Midfielder
9David Parkhouse Forward
10Jamie McGonigle 20
20Darren Cole 25 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
36Brendan Barr Midfielder


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 5 Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
17Max Hutchison 10 Defender 35'
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi 18 Midfielder 31'
23Prince Mustwunguma Forward
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
5George Forrest 2 Defender
10Cian Kavanagh 17 Forward
18Tunmise Sobowale 21 Defender
26Callum Stringer Midfielder
31Liam Kervick Midfielder
34Cian Browne Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 12)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Derry City

(Series 3)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 14)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 5)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Derry City


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinDarragh Keegan
Darren Corcoran
Ben Connolly


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

A master's journalism student at Birmingham City University. Jon Parkin has done interviews with numerous people from across the English football pyramid. He has also written for website My Old Man Said for over a year and a half.