Whelan pounces to deny Derry
Drogheda United 1 Derry City 1
Derry City's winless league run continues as a second-half fightback denied them all three points against Drogheda at United Park.
Peter Hutton's men have not won in the league since mid-April and came to Drogheda with their opponents having won their last three in all competitions.
Derry dominated the first half, however, and were fully deserving of their lead.
The opener came five minutes before the break when Mark Timlin brilliantly curled in a free-kick from 30 yards with his left foot.
The equaliser came 11 minutes into the second half. Joe Gorman's cross was glanced on by the head of Adam Whelan and with Ger Doherty beaten, the ball came down off the crossbar and just bounced over the line.
Both teams had chances to clinch the three points late on. When Derry's Dean Jarvis got free down the left, he cut the ball back into the area but Ryan Curran could only skew his shot wide before Lee Duffy's injury-time shot for Drogheda was blocked by Aaron Barry.
Drogheda United - Schlingermann; Daly, Buckley, Byrne, Gorman; O'Reilly, Maher, Brennan (Mulvenna, 87); Marks, Whelan (Brady 77), Duffy.
Derry City - Doherty; Sharkey, Curtis (Kelly, 85), S McEleney, Jarvis; McNamee, Barry, Lowry; Curran, Timlin, P McEleney.
Ref - N Doyle (Dublin)