Date Time League Season
13 November 2022 3:00 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

Derry City beat Shelbourne to win FAI Cup

Derry City have won the FAI Cup today as they outclassed Shelbourne, in every department, in a celebratory 4-0 win at the Aviva Stadium.

The last time these sides had met, Damien Duff’s men frustrated the Candystripes to a 1-1 draw. There was to be no repeat today, however.

Derry were quicker out of the blocks and could have led inside one minute but Jamie McGonigle was denied by the sprawling Brendan Clarke in goal.

But they didn’t have to wait long to score as winger Ryan Graydon shimmied past his defender and his precised cutback was tucked away neatly by McGonigle.

Shelbourne almost replied immediately when JJ Lunney’s wicked free kick whistled just wide, yet they were being smothered by Derry’s sustained, probing possession.

Cameron McJannet gave them a two-goal buffer ten minutes before the interval. The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to prod home after Michael Duffy’s cross had been met only by a weak, shanked defensive header.

To be honest, there only ever looked like being one winner. And this was confirmed just after the hour mark, McJannet deflected a corner in via a fortuitous knack off his knee.  A scrappy goal it cued delirium in the Derry City end.

As Shelbourne strived fruitlessly throughout the second half, their lack of cutting edge in contrast to Derry’s was glaringly apparent with strikers Sean Boyd and Jack Moylan feeding off scarps all game.

Michael Duffy curled a sumptuous effort off the crossbar but in injury time, Derry had the fourth. Jordan McEneff on his first touch was fouled clumsily. The substitute dusted himself down and converted with ease.

Moments later, the whistle blew, and pandemonium ensured as Derry celebrated being crowned this year’s FAI Cup Champions.


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender 23'
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
9Sean Boyd Forward
10Jack Moylan Midfielder
16Aodh Dervin 32 Midfielder
17Shane Farrell 7 Forward
21Gavin Molloy 8 Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
28Stephen Negru Defender
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
7Brian McManus 17 Midfielder
8Mark Coyle 21 Midfielder
14Daniel Carr Forward
19Josh Giurgi Defender
22Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
31Luke Browne Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge 16 Defender

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
2Ronan Boyce Defender
6Mark Connolly Defender
7Michael Duffy 20 Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward 18'
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
14Will Patching 22 Midfielder
16Shane McEleney 3 Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender 35', 61'
19Ryan Graydon 8 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll 16 Defender
8Joe Thomson 19 Midfielder
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
20Brandon Kavanagh 7 Midfielder
21Declan Glass Midfielder
22Jordan McEneff 14 Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty Defender
29Cian Kavanagh Forward
  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Derry City win the FAI Cup

  • 90'

    GOAL DERRY- Jordan McEneff seals a stunning Cup final win!! 4-0!

  • 90'


  • 82'

    Ciaron Coll and Joe Thomson on for Derry

  • 75'

    Goal scorer McGonigle departs to a hero's ovation, James Akintunde on

  • 64'

    Kameron Ledwidge replaces the disappointing Dervin

  • 62'

    OFF THE POST: Duffy with sublime skill and stunning shot hits the post! Derry rampant!

  • 61'

    GOAL DERRY- McJANNET AGAIN!! 3-0 as he slams a shot, off his knee, past a stranded Clarke- party time for the Candystripes

  • 58'

    CHANCE: A hashed Shels clearance and McGoinigle audaciously heads it back, landing on the roof of the net! Derry's fans enjoyed that

  • 48'

    Shels with a half chance but Aoidh Dervin completely miscues his attempted volley

  • 46'

    Back underway! Brian McManus on for Shane Farrell for Shels

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Derry 2-0 up and Shelbourne have a mountain to climb!

  • 37'

    CHANCE: Graydon! Brilliant running with the ball, a nutmeg for bie and a shot just over!

  • 35'

    GOAL DERRY- Derry strike again! Great play on the left by Michael Duffy, his cross is only partially cleared and a gleeful McJannet lashes beyond Clarke!

  • 32'

    Damien Duff's men with their first sustained spell of possession but Derry are more than happy to absorb, tackle and counter

  • 23'

    Griffin booked for a soft foul on the slippery Graydon

  • 20'

    CHANCE: Shels almost reply instantly but JJ Lunney's wicked free kick whistles just wide!

  • 18'

    GOAL DERRY- Derry lead and it's McGonigle who steers home a sweet finish after Ryan Graydon's superb skill and cutback! Game into life!

  • 11'

    SAVE: As I say that, Patrick McEleny rams in a free kick that Clarke scrambles to save!

  • 10'

    Niggly fouls aplenty here early on but not much in the way of clearcut chances since McGonigle's eary effort!

  • 1'

    CHANCE: Within a minute, Jamie McGonigle gets in behind but Shels keeper Brendan Clarke saves well! Electric atmosphere!


  • TEAM NEWS: Will Patching is back for Derry with Sadou Diallo suspended in the midfield. Shane Farrell is fit for Shels!

  • WELCOME: Good afternoon and welcome to FAI Cup final coverage! We're at the Aviva to keep you updated as Derry City and Shelbourne go head to head for silverware! Kick off is at 3pm!

Past Meetings

(Round 34)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium

Derry City 1-1 Shelbourne

(Round 19)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne 0-1 Derry City

(Round 10)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium

Derry City v Shelbourne

(Round 4)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Derry City

(Series 17)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium

Derry City v Shelbourne

(Series 8)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Derry City


Damien MacGraith


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