Late Folan goal boosts Gal­way sur­vival hopes

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Ste­vie Folan cracked home a late win­ner to give Gal­way United’s hopes if stay­ing the Premier Di­vi­sion a huge boost at Ea­monn Deacy Park.

The game seemed to be head­ing for a draw which was of min­i­mal value to ei­ther side, with Derry bat­tling for an Euro­pean spot.

Gal­way hit the front af­ter 14 min­utes when Kevin Deveney fired home from in­side the box af­ter a de­flec­tion fell kindly for him. But Derry’s ex­cel­lent pass­ing game got them back in con­tention and they never pan­icked.

They got on level terms 13 min­utes from the break when the im­pres­sive Rory Pat­ter­son fin­ished from close range with a fine shot to the net.

Both sides had chances af­ter the restart to hit the front with Pat­ter­son go­ing close to edg­ing Derry in front.

At the other end Ga­van Holo­han and Ro­nan Mur­ray had chances but couldn’t hit the tar­get.

Head­ing for a draw

The game seemed to be head­ing for a draw when Folan struck for the win­ner 13 min­utes from time.

Gal­way forced a cou­ple of cor­ners in quick suc­ces­sion and the ex­pe­ri­enced Folan pounced to drill home the win­ner from in­side the box and se­cure a vi­tal win in their bat­tle to stay in the top flight.

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