Derry City 0
Shamrock Rovers 0
Derry City walked away with a point after they entertained 2010 Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Derry tactics, preparation and team selection was spot on and having had the best of the goal scoring chances will probably think that they could have emerged with three points instead of one.
Derry’s defence performed heroically throughout but it came with a price when centre-back Stewart Greacen was replaced at half-time after sustaining a suspected fracture to his cheekbone.
Despite the forced substitution Stephen Kenny’s team kept their composure and were extremely unlucky not to take the lead in the second half when Emmett Friars’s header was stopped from crossing the line by former Derry player Ken Oman.
Rovers have been lauded as the best team in Ireland but if truth be told they were extremely disappointing and if any team was to run out as winners it was most certainly going to be Derry.
Although Derry enjoyed the majority share of possession and worked the ball around the pitch well they couldn’t find the break through and the game ended 0-0.
Next up for Derry is an away trip to Salthill Devon in the EA Sports Cup on Monday; kick-off at Drom Clubhouse is at 7.45pm
DERRY CITY: (4-2-3-1) Gerard Doherty; Eddie McCallion, Daniel Lafferty, Stewart Greacen (Emmett Friars h/t), Shane McEleney; Barry Molloy, Ruairi Harkin (James McClean 56 mins), Kevin Deery, Stephen McLaughlin (David McDaid 83 mins); Eamon Zayed, Gareth McGlynn.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry; Ryan McBride; Thomas McBride.
SHAMROCK ROVERS FC: (4-4-2) Alan Mannus; Pat Sullivan, Enda Stevens, Dan Murray, Gary McCabe (Paddy Kavanagh 54 mins), Gary Twigg (Stephen O’Donnell 75 mins), Ken Oman, Chris Turner, Gary O’Neill (Ciaran Kilduff 63 mins); Billy Dennehy, Ronan Finn.
Subs not used: Stephen Rice; Karl Sheppard; Pat Flynn, Ryan Thompson.
REFEREE: Mr. Ritchie Winter (Wicklow).