A 42nd minute goal from Luca Doherty was enough for Derry City to clinch the Foyle Cup at the Ryan McBride Brandywell this afternoon in front of a large crowd.
It was a match filled with tension, as both sides struggled to get any sort of patterns going in the first half. Conor Campbell came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening half when his quick strike nearly caught Derry’s Charlie Byrne at the near post. Callum Gillen found space in the Harps’ box but his weak effort was easily dealt with by Doherty in the Harps goals.
Harps’ began controlling early in the second half, with M’buli and McKelvey threatening from deep.
Derry began getting a foot hold in the game and their pressure forced Harps’ defensive line further back. A clearance from Derry’s netminder, Byrne, took a bounce in front of the Harps’ goal and Luca Doherty reacted the quickest to get the ball over Doherty’s head into the empty net.
The final ten minutes saw Harps press higher and a number of corners and free kicks brought half chances but not enough to get an equaliser.
Speaking afterwards, a disappointed Harps coach, Mikey Grant reflected on the positives from the week, “The boys are bitterly disappointed in there. We never reached the heights of yesterday’s performances and Derry worked hard defensively. We’ll take a serious amount of positives from the week and with 5 league matches in August, this week will benefit the group.”
Next up for the 15s is a home league match on Thursday 1st August at the Curragh, Killygordon. Kickoff TBC.