Date Time League Season
21 June 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

City and Rovers draw at the Brandywell

While the first half of this tie between Derry City and Sligo Rovers remained tight lipped, the second 45 minutes in the Brandywell saw things open up and become a better visual for onlookers.

Jordan Gibson broke the deadlock in the 54th minute when he split the home side’s back line open to slot the ball past Nathan Gartside.

Despite Sligo taking liberties to wind the clock down thereafter Derry pushed through the adversity as Ronan Boyce equalised in the last five minutes of the game to see the fixture wrap up at 1-1.

The goal mouth was an area which was not often ventured to at the start of the match, the only real chances coming at different ends of the pitch from David Parkhouse and Johnny Kenny, both delivering the same result of skying the ball over the bar.

The cagey first half concluded at 0-0 with it all to play for going into the break.

Just when it looked as if Derry were gaining some momentum Sligo ripped that notion to shreds as Jordan Gibson tore through the home side’s defence at the end of Ed McGinty’s kick out and placed it past Gartside with his tenacious touch.

Liam Buckley’s men then set about trying to retain their lead, only attacking on the counter and making use of a plethora of substitutions such as David Cawley, Romeo Parkes and Walter Figueira to see out the clock, but ultimately the sustained pressure from Derry’s Will Patching and James Akintunde came back to bite them.

It was a mistake from Shane Blaney that saw the Red and White Army get one back, Boyce capitalising on the fault to stroke the goal beyond Ed McGinty.

Derry are still yet to win a game in the Brandywell after they shared the points in this one, while Sligo extend their rough patch as they are now without a win in their last three games.

  • All over in Derry and it's finished a goal a piece to see the sides share the points

  • 93'

    Both teams are going for all three points in the Brandywell with the clock running out

  • 88'

    Yellow card for McJannett

  • 88'

    A wonder strike and wonder save from Patching and McGinty respectively to keep their sides level

  • 84'

    Goal! A mistake from Blaney allows Boyce to capitalise and equalise for the home side late on!

  • 80'

    Marc Walsh leaves the Frey with hamstring trouble and Patrick Ferry comes in to replace him

  • 76'

    In a plethora of substitutions for Liam Buckley's side Mark Byrne comes off for David Cawley, Johnny Kenny is replaced by Romeo Parks and Figueira in for DeVries

  • 74'

    Bolger's ball into Kenny sees the 18 year old spin it over the bar as he tried to find the gap behind Gartside and his goal-line

  • 74'

    Sligo playing deeper here and on the counter as Derry continue to push forward in search of an equaliser

  • 65'

    From a Gibson chance to an Akintunde opportunity! These last few minutes have really seen the game open up.

  • 63'

    Marc Walsh on for Parkhouse as Derry look to switch things up and get back into this game.

  • 61'

    Fantastic save by McGinty to keep Rovers in the lead as he denies Malone in what has to have been Derry's best chance of the game.

  • 60'

    The first card of the game is awarded an hour in and it's a yellow to Greg Bolger.

  • 54'

    Goal! Jordan Gibson tears through Derry's defence of a goal kick and puts it past Gartside with that killer touch to make it 1-0 to Rovers

  • 53'

    Long range attempt from Patching sails just wide and top right of McGinty's goal

  • 53'

    Long range attempt from Patching sails just wide and top right of McGinty's goal

  • 50'

    Akintunde shot is rebounded out from McGinty and falls to Patching. Eventually the ball gets to Parkhouse who fires an effort towards McGinty who drops the ball and is fortunate to get away with it

  • 46'

    Sligo kick off the second half here in the Brandywell!

  • Halftime in Derry and it remains 0-0. An inflexible opening 45 that began to loosen up as the half went on. Parkhouse and Kenny coming the closest to goals as both fired their shots just over the bar but it would look likely that things would become more accessible after the break as the teams go in search of the win.

  • 45'

    Toal's groin injury sees him subbed off just before halftime. Lupano comes in to replace him.

  • 42'

    Kenny with a left footed strike from just outside the box forces Gartside into a save and out for a corner. Bolger to take

  • 39'

    Derry no doubt commanding the recent minutes as we approach halftime. Lafferty and Parkhouse doing well to apply the pressure to John Mahon and co in Sligo's defence

  • 34'

    REAL CHANCE! Danny Lafferty does well to overtake his man before playing it into the Parkhouse who skies the ball just over the goal.

  • 31'

    Half an hour gone in this very cagey match where neither side have broken through yet. Both Sligo and Derry are eager to avoid going a goal down and it would seem whoever was to break the deadlock may emerge victorious.

  • 24'

    Possibly the best chance of the game thus far for either side from Derry. Fitzgerald finds Akintunde in the centre of the box but he fumbles it and it remains 0-0.

  • 20'

    Mahon lucky to get away with no yellow card there from Derek Michael Tomney. Patching takes the free but it trails out over the end line.

  • 15'

    Quarter of an hour gone in the Brandywell and Derry and Sligo remain in gridlock. With most of the time on the ball in the middle of the park things are yet to heat up between the duo.

  • 7'

    Jordan Gibson is really imposing himself into this game from the get-go, as is Harkin on Derry\'s side as both teams are still figuring each other out in these opening stages

  • Kick off in the Brandywell! Sunny conditions for this Derry versus Sligo fixture

  • 18 year old Johnny Kenny comes into the Rovers side tonight having come off the bench in last weeks game. With two goals to his name so far this season the teenager will be hoping to add to his tally when the game kicks off in less than ten minutes time.

  • Since Ruaidhri Higgins joined Derry City’s ranks as manager back in April, the side have accumulated 16 of a possible 18 points away from home but are yet to achieve outright success on their own hallowed turf. Will tonight be the night that changes?

  • The last tie between the pair finished up 1-0 in Derry's favour. Patching snatching their first win of the season with his goal.

  • Will Patching shone in brilliance for the Red and White Army during their 2-1 heated derby over Finn Harps last Friday and is surely set to be a danger-man for City, while Rovers once again suffered a blow to their title hopes recently with their last run out yielding a 2-0 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic.

  • Hello and welcome to tonight's coverage of Derry City versus Sligo Rovers with me Alanna Cunnane. Kick off is 7:45, the lineups are out and it's set to be a great game in the Brandywell !

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
24Danny Lafferty Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
6Eoin Toal 23 Defender
15Ronan Boyce Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
29Jack Malone Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
9David Parkhouse 19 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
19Marc Walsh 31 Midfielder
20Darren Cole Defender
23Danny Lupano 6 Defender
31Patrick Ferry 19 Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
14Shane Blaney Defender
19Regan Donelon Defender
21John Mahon Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jordan Gibson Forward
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries 10 Forward
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 22 Midfielder
24Johnny Kenny 27 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan Defender
4Danny Kane Defender
10Walter Figueira 9 Forward
22David Cawley 12 Midfielder
23Scott Lynch Defender
25Cillian Heaney Forward
27Romeo Parkes 24 Forward
33Peter Maguire Defender


Past Meetings

(Series 7)
0 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Quarter Final)
0 - 0
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Series 15)
1 - 0
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(Series 6)
0 - 2
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.