Renwick Foyled by Derry

26 Nov

With defeat to Derryvolgie still stinging, Renwick came up against another of their traditional rivals at Cherryvale on Wednesday. Matches Derry City Supporters Club have always been feisty affairs, and today’s encounter was no exception. After the lacklustre display against DV, manager McCullough felt the need for radical changes, and so Renwick lined up in 4-3-3 shape, with Michael Hawthorne deployed as a regista behind Peoples and the returning Mr. Skills. Pete Fallows slotted in at right-back, and the Cromie brothers and Philip Aicken made up a fluid front three.

The first half began at a ferocious pace, and both sides went close in the early exchanges. The Renwick forward line caused Derry problems with their movement, and Skills and Peoples constantly made probing runs from deep. Derry also threatened, with several long range efforts cannoning off the woodwork. It was end-to-end stuff, but it was Renwick who struck first, Skills threading a through ball to the younger Cromie, who ignored the opposition’s offside calls to calmly lob the keeper from the just inside the box. The circumstances of the goal ratcheted up the temperature by several degrees, and there were soon some tasty tackles flying in from both sides, with the Derry ref struggling to control the game, as players from both sides surrounded him at every decision. The Muckers soon equalised, a through ball finding a gap in the Renwick defence, allowing their striker to slot past McCullough. Shortly after this, Derry were awarded a penalty, with Hawthorne deemed to have tripped an opposition player in a tangle of legs in the box. However the Renwick keeper saved comfortably from the resultant kick, and this decisive stop seemed to re-ignite Renwick. They lay siege to Derry, and soon took the lead again. A long throw from McCollum caused panic in the defence, the ball eventually falling to Cromie R close to the byline, whereupon he somehow managed to squeeze his shot into the net from the tightest of angles. Renwick finished the second half on top, but careless marking at a corner allowed Derry to equalise once again, and the sides went in level at the break.

Renwick started the second period positively, and had Derry on the back foot for long spells. With an hour gone, Renwick were offered the chance to re-take the lead. A ball over the top from Peoples found Cromie R in space, and the Donegal man was clipped by the opposition full-back as he cut inside. Cromie took the penalty, nervelessly sending the keeper to one side as he placed his penalty low and straight down the middle, or alternatively, hitting the ground harder than the ball, thus deceiving the keeper and sending the penalty rolling into the net. Renwick had further chances to extend their lead, with Tim McCollum guilty of the worst miss, sending his diving header wide after an inch-perfect cross from debutant Richard Mark, who played well despite having no surname. Derry’s third equaliser came out of the blue, a speculative 30 yard effort flying past McCullough and into the top corner. There was controversy late-one, as Derry believed they had scored the winner, only for it to be (correctly) ruled out for offside.

Overall, Renwick can be pleased with a gutsy performance against a steely and physical side, and they didn’t lose their heads (much) in the face of near-constant provocation from the opposition. Special praise must go to Hawthorne, who excelled at the root of a midfield pivot, drawing comparisons with the likes of Pirlo and Schweinsteiger. Phil Aicken also deserves a mention, as he worked tirelessly in his role as false nine, much like a prettier Carlos Tevez. However, given the circumstances of the game, this should be regarded as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

Man of the match: Andrew Peoples – once again Peoples proved the catalyst for much of Renwick’s attacking play, with his driving runs and incisive passing.

Stat of the week: This was the first time Renwick had ever avoided to defeat against the Candystripes.

Renwick (4-2-3-1): McCullough; Fallows, Carson, Hanna, A. McCollum; Hawthorne, Peoples; Cromie R, Skills, Cromie J; Aicken. Subs: Campbell (Fallows 45), McKelvey (A. McCollum 60), T. McCollum (Aicken 70), Mark (Cromie R 70)

Edit: Photos, thanks to Renwick’s equivalent of Sandra Redknapp…

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3 Responses to “Renwick Foyled by Derry”

  1. Hannah November 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I forgot to upload those photos…do you still want them?

  2. James November 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Yes please. We’ll add them in then. Thanks.

  3. Chris November 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    i’m sorry but i would like to take full credit for the penalty we conceded, thanks :)

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