Woodwork denies Patterson as stubborn Galway hold firm
Derry City 0 - Galway United 0
Derry City will feel it's a case of two points dropped rather than one gained against a well-organised Galway United side.
In the end a good goalkeeping display by Conor Winn and the woodwork denied them the victory.
United had a great chance to open the scoring on 20 minutes after Conor Melody picked up on a mistake by Patrick McClean, before feeding Vinny Faherty, but the striker's shot from 10 yards was kept out by an out-rushing City 'keeper Gerard Doherty.
Minutes later Derry went close but Conor Winn did well to keep out Ronan Curtis' 20-yard drive. Before the break Curtis went close again, this time his long-range strike had to be parried away by Winn.
Right at the start of the second half Melody broke clear down the right before picking out Enda Curran, but the former City front man saw his side footing effort kept out by Doherty.
Moments later, Aaron McEneff feed Lukas Schubert, but from the right-hand side of the box, the winger's effort hit the side netting.
The woodwork came to United's rescue on 74 minutes as Rory Patterson's close-range flick, which had Winn beaten, came back off the post.
In the closing stages Winn failed to deal with Conor McCormack's long-range strike but the big 'keeper did well to deny Nathan Boyle with the close-range follow-up effort.
Derry City - Doherty, McDermott, Vemmelund, Jarvis, McClean (Doherty 67); McCormack, McEneff (Ward 83); Schubert, McNamee, Curtis (Boyle 67); Patterson.
Galway United - Winn, Cantwell, Aganovic, Folan, Horgan; Melody (Cunningham 86), Sinnott (Byrne 83), Connolly, Ludden; Curran (Shanahan 59), Faherty.
Ref - G Kelly (Cork)