Ten man Derry City drew 1-1 with Stephen Kenny’s Shamrock Rovers in the Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening.
The Dubliners were in full control in the first half and former Derry City player Billy Dennehy was denied from the penalty spot by Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty in the 19th minute.
Rovers took the lead early on in the first half when Gary Twigg converted a Gary McCabe corner by volleying into the net.
Derry City boss Declan Devine must have thought his chances of emerging with a result had all but gone when Patrick McEleney was shown a second yellow card for what appeared to be for a dive in the 70th minute.
However, Derry’s despair was short-lived as David McDaid shocked everyone inside the Tallaght Stadium with an equalising strike in the 83rd minute.
Derry left-back Dermot McCaffrey crossed into the Rovers area and after Barry Molloy hit the woodwork McDaid made sure the ball crossed the line to give Derry a valuable point on the road.
Derry are in fifth position and are currently nine points adrift of league leaders Sligo Rovers.
Next up for Derry City is the visit of St. Patrick’s Athletic to the Brandywell on Friday May 4.
Shamrock Rovers: Jansson; McCormack (Gannon, 84), Sives, Gartland, Powell; McCabe (Greene, 80), Turner, Finn, Dennehy; Kavanagh (O’Neill, 73), Twigg.
Derry City: Doherty; Madden, McCallion, McBride, McCaffrey; P McEleney, Molloy, Higgins, Crossan (McGroary, 33, S McEleney, 84); McDaid, Farren (Curran, 44).
Referee: Mr. A Buttimer (Cork)