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Derry player scores for his hometown club weeks after losing family members in Buncrana tragedy

Josh Daniels came of the bench to make a telling contribution.

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DERRY CITY MIDFIELDER Josh Daniels came off the bench last night to score one goal and set up another, weeks after he lost his mother and sister in the Buncrana pier tragedy.

It was the player’s first goal for the club that represents his and his family’s hometown.

The 20-year-old has been with the club since he was a boy and its chairman released a statement at the time offering the club’s full support to him and his family.

His mother and sister Ruth and Jodie Lee Daniels died in the tragedy in March with three other family members perishing when their car slid into the sea.

In last night’s match at Derry City’s home ground, Daniels came on as a 78th minute substitute and turned in a cross with his first touch of the ball. Eight minutes later he was involved again, passing a ball to another player to score as Derry took the lead.

The match ended 2-2 as Finn Harps scored a late equaliser.

Read: The hero of the Buncrana tragedy was given a guard of honour today >

Read: Evan’s last words to his mother: ‘I miss you so much. I’m going to give you the biggest, tightest hug’ >

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