Derry City slipped to fifth in the Airtricity League Premier Division when they dropped two points at home to U.C.D. on Friday evening.
Derry certainly had chances to win the game and despite bringing with them some decent players in Hugh Douglas and Daniel Ledwith, everyone involved at Brandywell would always expect the Candy Stripes to pick up all three points when the Students are in town.
If Derry City supporters expected an immediate response to last week’s disappointing result against Drogheda, they must have felt blighted when the Candy Stripes failed to find the back of the net against Martin Russell’s team.
Although Derry appeared to move the ball around better than U.C.D. it was difficult to see where a goal was going to come from.
Derry City captain Kevin Deery had two headers saved by Mark McGinley in the first half.
Patrick McEleney forced a tremendous save from U.C.D. ‘keeper Mark McGinley in the second half.
McEleney ghosted in from the right and attempted to curl the ball into the far corner of the net but McGinley was more than a match for the Derry winger’s effort and tipped the ball away.
Mark Farren went close to finding the back of the net in the second period when he fired just wide of the post.
Farren could have stolen all three points on offer had he converted Stephen McLaughlin’s cross in the 90th minute but his header was sent straight at McGinley.
Next up for Derry City is the eagerly awaited North West derby game against Finn Harps in the league cup at the Brandywell on Monday afternoon. Kick-off: 2.30p.m.
Man of the Match: Hugh Douglas (U.C.D.) – tall red haired defender was the reason that the Dubliners emerged from Brandywell with a point. A tremendous defensive performance.
Derry City: (4-4-2) Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Dermot Caffery (David McDaid 84 mins), Ryan McBride, Eddie McCallion; Kevin Deery, Ruaidhri Higgins (Brian McGroary 88 mins), Stephen McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney; Mark Farren, Rory Patterson (Owen Morrison 75 mins).
Unused subs: Eugene Ferry; Matthew Crossan; Michael Barr; Caoimhin Bonner.
U.C.D.: (4-4-1-1) Mark McGinley; Mark Langtry, Ciaran Nangle, David O’Connor, Michael Leahy (Gary Burke 32 mins); Paul O’Connor, Graham Rusk (Chris Lyons 67 mins), Robert Benson, Hugh Douglas; Daniel Ledwith, Cillian Morrison.
Unused subs: Barry McCabe; Niall Corbett, Dean Clarke; Stephen Doyle; Samir Belhout.
Referee: Mr. Derek Tomney (Dublin).
See this weekend’s Sunday Journal for Derry City captain, Kevin Deery’s and manager Declan Devine’s comments after the U.C.D. game.