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'His Mother Is Watching In Heaven' - Derry City Player Scores First Goal Weeks After Tragedy

'His Mother Is Watching In Heaven' - Derry City Player Scores First Goal Weeks After Tragedy
By PJ Browne

Seven weeks ago Josh Daniels lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and two nephews when their car plunged into Lough Swilly at Buncrana Pier.

Daniels is a promising young player with Derry City.

Last night, he came off the bench against Finn Harps at the Brandywell the grab his first goal for the club. It was an emotional moment for Daniels and was met by rapturous celebrations from supporters in attendance.

Daniels' goals leveled the game at 1-1, it would eventually finish 2-2 with the 20-year-old also being involved in his side's second.

Derry boss Kenny Shiels told the Derry Journal of his delight for the player.

His mother is watching in Heaven, I’m sure. I’m really pleased for him. He’s a great boy, works hard in training. His family were great supporters of the club in attending matches regularly and I’m sure they will be high in his thoughts.

He set up the second one as well. And another sub, Nathan (Boyle) set up Josh’s goal. All three subs contributed to our domination of the game.

When Daniels stepped on to the pitch, teammate Aaron McEneff knew the midfielder was capable of making an impact.

I said to him when he came on the pitch, ‘this is made for you’. When he got the goal I was delighted for him. I think all the boys were delighted for him.

He’s a great talent and for what he’s gone through to take his chance and go on and score is unbelievable. Hopefully he can kick on now from here because he deserves it.

Last night's game was live on Setanta Sports, you can watch the goal and the celebrations below.

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