Friday, August 25, 2006

Back Home In Derry

Well done to Derry City, who have advanced to the First Round proper of the UEFA Cup, having seen off Gretna 7-3 on aggregate following an impressive first-leg drubbing away in Scotland. Commiserations to Drogheda United, who, in the same competition and after finishing level on aggregate to the Norwegians Start - managed by former Liverpool player Stig Inge Byornebye - went down 11-10 in a marathon penalty shoot-out. The unfortunate Graham Gartland missed both the first and the last kicks, possibly the first player ever to have missed two kicks in the same penalty shoot-out. Derry's reward is a tie with Paris St-Germain, and as I am an anyone-but-PSG-man, I hope to shoot down to the Parc des Princes to cheer the Candystripes on. Meanwhile, next year's European contenders-in-waiting Sligo Rovers, face Bray Wanderers, who they have already beaten twice this season, including last weekend, in the third round of the FAI Cup. C'mon the Bit o'Red!