Late Folan goal boosts Galway survival hopes
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.