Derry City boss Stephen Kenny said that he was disappointed that his side drew with UCD at the Belfield Bowl on Friday evening.
The draw with Students means that Derry slip to fourth in the Airtricity Premier Division and the result was compounded with news that Derry City captain Kevin Deery limped off injured.
“It was disappointing to not come away with a win,” said Kenny yesterday. “We created some decent chances but we also conceded two soft goals. We had plenty of chances to score before half time but unfortunately we didn’t take them.”
Kenny was unavailable to confirm how long Deery will be out of action but agreed that his absence will be felt throughout the team.
“Kevin [Deery] seemed to strain his left calf, the last time he was injured it was his right calf that caused the bother.
“Kevin is a really important player and when he is in the team we always seem to win matches.”
UCD scored the opening goal on the stroke of half time before Daniel Lafferty equalised for the Candystripes. The Students took the lead in the 67th minute when Graham Rusk beat Gerard Doherty before Stewart Greacen secured a point for Stephen Kenny’s men when he netted late on in the second half.
It was Greacen’s first goal for Derry since joining at the beginning of the season. The Scot said that although he was happy to get on the score sheet he was disappointed that the team failed to walk away with all three points.
“I don’t think we played our best on Friday,” admitted Greacen. “Although we created plenty of chances UCD had opportunities to score too.
“We searched for a winner after we got the equaliser and it wouldn’t come. I think had we scored it would have been a little harsh on UCD - they played some decent football.”
Derry beat UCD 2-0 at the Belfield Bowl earlier in the season and more recently they thrashed them 7-0 at the Brandywell. Greacen said that Friday’s game was tough but added that the team will try to emerge victorious when they return to Belfield to take UCD on in the quarter-final of the League Cup tomorrow evening.
“We really want to win Monday’s game,” said Greacen. “The last thing we want is a repeat of the result we suffered against Wexford Youths in the FAI Cup - we want to win the game.”