Eimear-Marie Callaghan (90)


Aimee Mackin (57)



A good crowd turned out at the Riverside Stadium to see newcomers Derry City score an injury-time goal to earn a draw against Newry City.

The current champions enjoyed long periods of possession but couldn’t fashion a real chance until the 16th minute when Megan Weatherall’s shot was saved well by Derry goalkeeper Molly McBride.

The rebound fell to the impressive Grace Murray whose shot was cleared off the line by ‘Candystripes’ captain Shannon Dunne.

Five minutes before half-time Newry’s Aimee Mackin shrugged off the challenge of Dunne to race clear but dragged her shot wide.

The teams went in scoreless at the break after a half of exceptional defending from the home side.

The deadlock was to be broken soon after the restart as a superb individual run by Newry’s Mackin was finished with a cool shot into the bottom corner.

On the hour mark, the champions had a great opportunity to extend their lead as Ali McMaster found herself free in the box but headed over from a Murray free-kick.

Murray was again to be at the centre of things as her free-kick from wide on the right deceived goalkeeper McBride and hit the crossbar.

As injury-time ticked on an Aiveen Lavery free caused confusion in the box before Eimear Callaghan headed in to send the home crowd into massive celebration.

Newry will be disappointed with their second draw but it was no more than Derry deserved for a strong defensive performance.

Derry City: McBride, Callaghan, McCauley, Dunne, Keys, McIntosh, Lavery, Lapsley, Cunningham, Logue, Connolly subs Devine (not used), McDevitt (replaced McIntosh 55)

Newry City: Pearson, B. Mackin, McAllister, Flood, Hoiread, Weatherall, Redpath, A. McMaster, A. Mackin, Murray, Mulvenna subs Jones (replaced Hoiread 90+1), Clarke (replaced Weatherall 85), E. McMaster (replaced Redpath 70), Callaghan (not used)


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