Bohemians claim deserved point at Derry in race for third place
Derry City 0 Bohemians 0
There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians in an evenly matched contest at the Brandywell.
With both teams hoping to secure third place and European football for next season, hopes were high that this would match last week’s thrilling EA Sports League Cup final with Dundalk, but it never came close in terms of goalmouth action or excitement.
Eoin Toal’s meandering led to the only real chance of the first period as his superb run through the midfield saw him pick out the run of David Parkhouse in behind the Bohs defence but the alert James Talbot was off his line quickly to smother the striker’s shot.
City were so nearly celebrating a goal in the opening two minutes of the second half, coming close when Harkin met Junior’s header with a volley which Talbot pushed behind for a corner.
From that kick, McNamee’s delivery was then spot on for Junior who so nearly turned in a header from close range only for Paddy Kirk to crucially block it behind for another corner.
The home side were lucky to survive on 68 minutes when Jamie McDonagh gave the ball straight to Wright 25 yards from his own goal and the striker immediately played Luke Wade Slater in, but with just Peter Cherrie to beat, the Bohs man blazed badly off target.
The importance of a goal was not lost on either team and Derry were next to threaten on 74 minutes when Parkhouse and Junior combined to set up McNamee, who burst into the area but he was forced to take his shot on his weaker right foot and Talbot was able to save.
Both teams pushed for a late winner, but it wasn’t to be as the sides finished level for the third time this season.
Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Ally Gilchrist, Eoin Toal, Jamie McDonagh, Greg Sloggett (Michael McCruddden 81’), Ciaron Harkin, Barry McNamee, Jack Malone (Aidy Delap 77’), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, David Parkhouse.
Bohemians: James Talbot, Paddy Kirk, Rob Cornwall, James Finnerty, Andrew Lyons, Scott Allardice, Ross Tierney, Danny Grant, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy 63’), Luke Wade Slater (Evan Ferguson 89’), Andre Wright (Ryan Graydon 75’).
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.