Derry seal EA Sports cup final spot

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Updated: August 23, 2011

Derry City are through to the EA Sports cup final after beating last year’s winners Sligo Rovers on penalties after the sides finished the level at 3-3 after 120 minutes of football.

Stephen Kenny’s side opened the scoring in the 33rd minute through Daniel Lafferty only for Danny Ventre to equalise on the stroke of half time.

Stephen McLaughlin put the Candystripes back in front with 14 minutes to go however Sligo refused to give up and Eoin Doyle equalised for a second time just four minutes later.

That was the final goal of regulation time and the game went to extra time where once again Derry, now down to 10 men after the sending off of Lafferty, went ahead McLaughlin getting his second of the night.

However the bit ‘o’red refused to lie down and give up and Doyle grabbed his second of the night 3 minutes in the second period of extra time to send the game to a dreaded penalty shootout.

Having fought back three times to send the game to penalties, Sligo fan’s would have been forgiven for thinking they would reach their second straight EA sports cup final however Derry showed great composure from the spot, with Emmett Friars, Ruaidhri Higgins, Owen Morrison, Ruairi Harkin and McLaughlin all scoring with their kicks while for Sligo only Richie Ryan missed the target but it proved enough to end Derry through to a final with Cork, 5-3 on penalties.

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