Sunday 25 March 2018

Boos at the Brandywell as Derry and Limerick play out goalless stalemate

Derry City 0 Limerick 0

Patrick McEleney, Derry City
Patrick McEleney, Derry City

A chorus of boos rung out as Derry City could only mustard a score-less draw with bottom side Limerick.

The draw means City haven’t picked up three points in the league since way back in April.

On nine minutes City should have broken the deadlock after Patrick McEleney’s clever run saw him skip away from Robbie Williams and Aidan Price, but with only Limerick 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 home side had two glorious chance to take the lead; firstly Stephen Dooley saw his close range side footed effort failed to hit the target, then Hall made a super save to deny Barry McNamee.

Derry had another chance just before the interval but again they failed to take it as Timlin’s cross found Dooley, but the winger fired well over from close range.

Two minutes from time Sean Russell got in behind the City defence, but just as he was about to shot a challenge from debut boy 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.

Referee: Mr Paul Tuite (Dublin).

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