Opening day league defeat for Oak Leafs

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Opening day league defeat for Oak Leafs thumbnailDanny Tallon in action.

DERRY'S Division Three Football League campaign got off to the worst possible start with a home defeat to promoted side Westmeath in Celtic Park last Sunday.
Indeed, it really all went wrong for the home side as eary as the opening five minutes.
Westmeath rocked Derry with a two goal salvo inside the first five minutes to lead 2-1 to 0-1, just the sort of start this inexperienced Oak Leaf side did not need.
Even though Derry did pull the deficit back to draw level midway through the second half at 1-13 to 2-10 Westmeath surged ahead again with six unanswered points with just three minutes of regular time left.
As many Derry supporters headed for the exits, to their credit Derry pulled a goal back through Niall Toner while Mark Lynch added a point from a free to set up a dramatic finish in added time.
There was more drama to come as Derry were awarded a penalty which would have levelled matters but Enda Lynn's effort was turned round the post for a '45' which was eventually cleared.
Westmeath held on for a fine win on the road leaving Derry already looking at a very difficult looking campaign ahead.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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