Debutant Hall frustrates Derry
DERRY 0 LIMERICK 0
A chorus of boos rung out as Derry City had to settle for a scoreless draw with bottom side Limerick.
The draw extends City’s winless run in the league, which stretches back to April.
Derry had plenty of chances. On nine minutes, Patrick McEleney skipped away from Robbie Williams and Aidan Price, but with only goalkeeper Fred Hall to beat, the midfielder’s touch let him down and the debutant saved at his feet.
Just before the half-hour mark the hosts had two glorious opportunities; firstly Stephen Dooley failed to hit the target with a close-range side-footed effort, then Hall made a super save to deny Barry McNamee.
Just before the interval as Mark Timlin’s cross found Dooley, but the winger fired well over from close range.
Limerick could have snatched victory late on. Two minutes from time Sean Russell got in behind the City defence, but just as he was about to shot, a challenge from debutant Rob Cornwall denied him.
DERRY CITY – Doherty, Cornwall, McBride, S McEleney, Jarvis; Dooley (Curtis 77), Lowry, McNamee, Timlin; P McEleney (Quigley 80); Curran (Morrison 85).
LIMERICK – Hall, O’Conor, Williams, Price, Tracy; Mann (Agyemang H-T), Duggan, Hughes (Lynch 71), Russell, Turner; Clarke.
REF – P Tuite (Dublin)