Dundalk delight as Candystripes thwart Cork
Cork City once again missed an opportunity to put pressure on leaders Dundalk as they were held to a frustrating stalemate at the Brandywell.
Derry City 0 Cork City 0
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny would have been the happiest man leaving the ground last night.
Neither side really did enough to win the game, as both defences were on top and both keepers largely untested.
Derry suffered a setback on 10 minutes as Ryan McBride, who went into the game with a groin problem, had to be replaced by Patrick McClean.
Neither side really threatened to break the deadlock, but the home side who had the upper hand in the early stages, with Nathan Boyle in particular giving Dave Mulcahy a tough time - the Cork man was surprisingly moved into the right-back spot.
Derry had a half-chance on 40 minutes after Lukas Schubert's fortunate touch fell perfectly for Rory Patterson inside the box, but the striker's effort was easily gathered by Cork keeper Mark McNulty.
The Candystripes were on the front foot again on 49 minutes but Patterson's well-hit drive fizzed just past McNulty's right-hand post.
Cork first effort on target came just after the hour mark as Mulcahy's header from Gearoid Morrissey cross was easily saved by Gerard Doherty.
On 78 minutes a tremendous through-ball by Derry substitute Joshua Daniels released Patterson, but the striker failed to trouble McNulty, blasting well over from the right-hand side of the box.
John Caulfied's men went close to winning all three points in the closing minutes but Sheppard's shot was straight at Doherty.
Derry City - Doherty, McDermott, McBride (McClean 10), Vemmelund, Jarvis; McEneff, McCormack; Schubert, McNamee, Boyle (Daneils 66); Patterson.
Cork City - McNulty, Beattie (Sheppard 65), Bennett, Browne, O'Connor; D Morrissey (Maguire 52), G Morrissey, Mulcahy, Dooley, Bolger (O'Sullivan 81), Buckley.
Ref - D McKeon (Dublin).