EA Sports Cup: Derry City into semi-finals with 2-1 extra-time win over Finn Harps

David Parkhouse
Derry were heading towards the exit before Parkhouse's close-range volley

Derry City's hopes of retaining the EA Sports Cup are still alive after they came from a goal down to secure an extra-time win over Finn Harps at the Brandywell.

Nathan Boyle put the visitors in front before David Parkhouse's goal seven minutes from time brought the game beyond the 90 minutes.

Derry went ahead when Parkhouse struck again early in extra-time.

Harps finished with 10 men after Mark Coyle was dismissed late on.

After Derry romped to victory in last Friday's league meeting between the sides, the cup tie was a far tighter affair with Harps asking questions of the Derry defence throughout the contest.

The hosts enjoyed the better of a cagey first half but could not test goalkeeper Mark McGinley, with Ciaron Harkin's spectacular volley from the edge of the area which clipped the outside of the post the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.

Harps, who sit bottom of the League of Ireland, came out brightly after the break and went ahead through Boyle who fired home after Colm Deasy had picked out Mikey Place.

Declan Devine's side were struggling to break down the well-drilled Harps defence until a lapse at the back allowed Ciaran Coll's cross to travel right across goal for Parkhouse to direct in.

Sheffield United loanee Parkhouse has impressed since making his temporary move to the Brandywell in January, and the Northern Ireland Under-21 international got the game's decisive goal when more indecision in the Harps defence allowed him to latch onto Nathan Gartside's goal kick before rounding McGinley to slot home.

The visitors showed the fighting spirit that evaded them in last week's league encounter, forcing Derry to clear efforts off the line three times as they went in search of an equaliser.

However their fate appeared sealed when Coyle, who had only been introduced during extra-time time, was shown a second yellow for a late challenge.

Derry join league leaders Dundalk, Waterford and Bohemians in the last four.

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