Euro spot still in the balance

LOI, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, 12-10-13'Derry City's Patrick McEleney with Shane Robinson of Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Saturday night.'' Picture Margaret McLaughlin

LOI, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, 12-10-13'Derry City's Patrick McEleney with Shane Robinson of Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Saturday night.'' Picture Margaret McLaughlin

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Derry City held onto fourth position and a good chance of European football next season after a strangely exciting 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers at Brandywell last night.

The result means that City head into their last two games in fourth place, three points ahead of Rovers, who also have two games left.

A crowd of about 1,500 saw an entertaining game with chances at both ends.

Derry City could have taken the win at the death when Michael Rafter had a great chance, but Rovers keeper Kevin Brush produced a sensational save.

So no goals but, as the cliche so aptly puts it, a draw was a fair result. City had periods of dominance and several great chances, but Rovers also had spells of pressure and had the home side pinned back towards the end.

The team in fourth place in the Airtricity Premier League will go into Europe if Sligo Rovers lift the FAI trophy. Sligo go into the final hot favourites against Drogheda.

Derry City are now on 52 points, with Shamrock Rovers next on 49. But City have a real challenge up next - a trip to Richmond Park to take on league leaders St Pat’s. The Candy Stripes finish with a home game against mid-table Limerick.

Shamrock Rovers will be fancied to get a result in their next game at home to UCD, but they’ve also got a difficult assignment yet to come - a trip away to last season’s champions Sligo Rovers.

Still all to play for.