Friday, September 29, 2006
Disappointment at the Parc des Princes last night as Derry City's UEFA Cup run came to an end losing 2-0 to Paris St-Germain. Two first-half goals, both soft from set-pieces finished Derry off though PSG were hardly impressive either. A poor game though Derry did play some nice football without ever really threatening and their final ball was at times lacking. Some of the group I was with left five minutes before the end, to avoid the crowds but the rest of us stayed. No matter how bad the game was there was a certain thrill to be had in watching a League of Ireland team spray passes across the field so stylishly. It's a far cry from the games I used to attend on wintry Sunday afternoons as a kid. The gulf in class, even against a team as mediocre as PSG was too much to bridge but Derry in no way disgraced themselves. Now to the FAI Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.