Date Time League Season
10 September 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Fireworks aplenty in North West derby

The 90th minute of this Northwest derby between Derry City and Finn Harps saw a royal rumble ensue with a late equaliser from Joe Thomson, resulting in two red cards and midfielder Johnny Dunleavy taking the goalkeeper gloves.

2-2 score upon conclusion in the 97th minute, both sides scored a brace in each half to earn a share of the spoils in the Brandywell.

Sending offs for goal scorer Thomson and keeper Nathan Gartside meant an exciting showdown and put some stunning goals earlier in the match into distant memory.

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s salmon embodiment 18 minutes in yielded the first mark on the card of the fixture, but Jordan Mustoe’s net that came across the face of the home side’s area just before half-time was amongst the greatest site to behold tonight between the rivals.

A close second was that of Ryan Rainey’s strike which he slotted away with class, Will Seymore to thank for splitting down the right wing and picking out the 24 year old on the hour mark.

Time wasting and game playing on the Donegal club’s part then reared its’ head, something which came back to bite them upon the referee’s final whistle.

It looked as if Harps were going to run home with the three points and inflict Derry their second successive loss against them approaching the end of the match, but Thompson insisted on a different outlook when he smashed the ball into the roof of the Ballybofey squads net to undo their impressive defensive work.

All chaos broke loose with the fireworks that followed but what is for certain is that neither team nor fans will be forgetting this one in a hurry despite the tied result.

Ollie Horgan’s group now go within one point of Bohemians and sixth place, while Drogheda close in on City who just about retain their fourth spot with the outcome tonight.

All that is to say things are continuing to heat up in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, and also that the old saying rings true that a contest is never over until it’s over.

  • 97'

    All over in the Brandywell! 2-2 it ends

  • 89'

    Thompson goal. Mark McGinley red card and THEN Thompson red card and Ethan Boyle yellow card. Crazy few minutes as a royal rumble ensues at the Brandywell. Johnny Dunleavy heads into goal for Harps and Jack Malone comes on for Derry in place of James Akintunde

  • 88'

    Harps maintaining their defensive prowess since their goal, the visitors hoping to maintain their lead until the final whistle which is now just added time away

  • 86'

    Johnny Dunleavy on for Harps, Coyle off

  • 84'

    Derry sky the ball over the goals there as they become more desperate for an equaliser in their home ground

  • 81'

    Yellow card to Karl O’Sullivan for time wasting

  • 79'

    Ryan Connolly on for Harps, Owolabi withdrawn

  • 76'

    Mustoe off for Sean Boyd

  • 71'

    Double change for Derry. Ciaran Harkin off for Bastien Hery, Ciaran Coll makes way for Will Fitzgerald

  • 67'

    Snapshot from McGonigle leads to a fantastic save by McGinley. Subsequent corner also leads to a half chance but Harps get away with one there

  • 66'

    The game has descended into a tough battle as challenges are coming from all over the field at the minute

  • 63'

    Card for McJannett

  • 62'

    Evan McLaughlin replaced by Jamie McGonigle for Derry

  • 61'

    WHAT A MOVE BY HARPS! Their second goal of the game. Seymore on the right gets it into Rainey who puts the ball away with class

  • 59'

    Growing in tempo in the Brandywell as time passes the game is still 0-0, an hour gone

  • 57'

    Massive challenge from Sadiki keeps Derry out there

  • 57'

    Derry eager to play restarted quickly anytime the ball escapes the pitch area

  • 54'

    Owolabi through on goal hits the side netting

  • 53'

    Shot from Evan McLaughlin ignites some shouts from the crowd. Great bit of skill from Derry leading up to it

  • 52'

    The scrappy play continues for the minute as both teams look to find their feet in this second half

  • 49'

    Slow start to the half with some injuries taking out the momentum we saw in the opening 45

  • 45'

    Teams back out on the pitch. Foley off for O'Sullivan and we're off

  • 47'

    Referee calls time on this half. 1-1 the verdict heading into the interval

  • 45'

    2 minutes of additional time signalled

  • 43'

    Harps player down injured. Players receiving water and instructions in the mean time

  • 38'

    GOAL HARPS! Their frustration and tenacity pays off with a screamer from Mustoe. He gets the ball on the edge of the box and curls it across goal and into the top right corner

  • 37'

    Another yellow for Harps for a deliberate handball. Sadiki

  • 35'

    Yellow card for Will Seymore

  • 33'

    First corner of the game for Harps

  • 29'

    Frustration is building amongst the Donegal outfit and it is evident via some of their wreckless challenges

  • 25'

    Finn Harps have gone to a 3-5-2 as they strive for a goal in The Brandywell.

  • 22'

    The game has come alive since the goal as tensions rise and Harps search for an equaliser

  • 19'

    Lafferty with a chance just seconds after but it drifts wide. 1-0 Derry persists

  • 18'

    JUNIOR WITH THE OPENER! Thompson's floating cross is met by the ex Sligo Rovers man and powers into the back of the net

  • 17'

    Chance for Harps! Mustoe sends a dangerous ball in but none of his teammates or the keeper can get a touch to it

  • 13'

    Harps struggling to break the Derry offside trap as of yet

  • 10'

    Lafferty's shot is met with an acrobatic save by McGinley to push it away from the goal. Stays 0-0 for the moment

  • 9'

    Derry's first proper shot comes off Evan McLaughlin but sails over the goals

  • 7'

    Harps playing a high press every time City get hold of the ball. Great intensity in these opening stages featuring a few industrial challenges. There's no doubt of its' derby nature alright!

  • 5'

    Owalbi called offside once again

  • 2'

    Junior gets his head to an early Derry cross but it doesn't come off

  • Underway at the Brandywell

  • Less than 5 until KO! The Candystripes have the Brandywell rocking and they will be hoping they remain as so by the time the final whistle comes

  • The teams are in and we're 35 minutes until kick off! Ethan Boyle comes in for the suspended David Webster for the visitors

  • Shaping up to be a fixture of great importance Harps will be optimistic sharpshooters Adam Foley and Owolabi will be on the ball come kick off, as will Derry with Ronan Boyce and Will Patching who have 12 goals between them so far this season.

  • With focus surely on a European spot for both teams at 4thand 7th place respectively, there is only a matter of 5 points between the two local adversaries. Derry on 37 and the Ballybofey squad in touching distance at 32.

  • Ruaidhri Higgins refers to the pairs’ last meet as “flat” from his side’s perspective, but is assured in his view that such conduct may lie in isolation. "We weren't great in that cup game but there haven't been too many performances like that from us to be fair." "The short break hasn't done us any harm. I think the players are re-energised and there has been a real hunger around the training ground to get going again." "It will be a very tough game- I've said many times that this is the best Finn Harps squad I've seen in my time involved in this league. They have some really good players and are on a winning run of six matches including wins over the top two teams in the table."

  • There Tunde Owolabi cemented himself as a fan favourite when his late header added to Jordan Mustoe’s earlier finish overpowered Adam Foley’s equaliser and saw them steal all three points from The Hoops, marking their first defeat since June.

  • They only return to Premier Division action tonight given the postponement of their game versus Bohemians on Friday last, but Harps will be going in all guns blazing to the Candystripe’s home turf on the back of a monumental 2-1 victory over league leaders Shamrock Rovers.

  • Derry City will be looking to get their own back on Northwest rivals Finn Harps this evening at the Brandywell seeing as their last outing just two weeks ago saw them knocked out of the FAI Cup by this very opposition (7:45pm).

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
24Danny Lafferty Defender
3Ciaran Coll 7 Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender 63'
6Eoin Toal Defender
15Ronan Boyce Defender
8Joe Thomson Midfielder 89'
4Ciaron Harkin 21 Midfielder
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward 18'
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 3 Midfielder
20Darren Cole Defender
21Bastien Hery 4 Midfielder
29Jack Malone Midfielder
31Patrick Ferry Forward
Gerard Storey Midfielder

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper 90'
3Jordan Mustoe Defender 38'
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender 37'
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
14Mark Coyle 8 Midfielder
16Shane McEleney Defender
19Adam Foley 7 Forward
28Will Seymore Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder 61'
24Ethan Boyle Defender 90'
45Babatunde Owolabi 6 Forward
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
Luke Rudden Forward
6Ryan Connolly 45 Midfielder
8Johnny Dunleavy 14 Defender
17Dan Hawkins Forward
20Niall Logue Defender
21Stephen Doherty Midfielder
7Karl O’Sullivan 19 Forward 81'

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
1 - 0
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Derry City

(Round 16)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Derry City

(Series 9)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Finn Harps

(Series 11)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Derry City

(Series 2)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Finn Harps


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.