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World United 1 – 0 Derry City Old Boys

Saturday 16th June 2012

Thornhill School, Derry

The now traditional summer trip to the North West this year was wet, cold and windy as the two teams provided an open, entertaining and highly competitive game. The start was fairly frantic, with half chances falling to both teams, most notable a superb header by Michael Boyd saved in flying fashion by the Derry number 1.

Aidan O Neil and the returning Tom Hall provided the defensive cover, mostly from the skilled Derry number 10 who consistently picked up the ball deep, turned and ran directly at the W.U. line.

The deadlock was broken by the deadly striker Michael Boyd with a text book power header on 30 minutes. Tony Sherwani curled a fine free kick into the box and the arrowed header left no chance for the outstretched keeper as it flew into the top corner from 14 yards out.

Into the second half the wind was now causing problems with the fine rain driving into the W.U. goal but Tom Hall continued to make saves, tipping over and getting down low to stop every shot and chance that fell Derry’s way and at the other end Niall Murphy hit a thunderbolt but the Derry keeper was also having a good day between the sticks, palming away to safety.

As the final 10 minutes approached there were chances for both teams, Ciaran Murphy having a seemingly open net chance denied by a fantastic last ditch tackle on the 6 yard line, Younes Talibi placed a shot inches wide and Niall again hit a thunder strike from a free kick fully 30 yards out. The Derry keeping spilled the effort and the rebound ponced on by David Rafferty flew agonisingly across the face of goal with Stephen Martin unable to get the telling touch.

There was still time for Tom to pull off 2 more outstanding saves before the match finished 1 – 0, a deserved clean sheet and victory making next years trip already one to look forward to!

Man Of The Match: Tom Hall