Sunday 21 January 2018

Candystripes' defiant rearguard action frustrates Cork

Cork City 0 0 Derry City

Cork City's Ross Gaynor tries to by-pass Aaron McEneff
Cork City's Ross Gaynor tries to by-pass Aaron McEneff
Ross Gaynor of Cork City battles for control of the ball with Derry City's Ben McLaughlin
Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City's John Dunleavy leaps to head the ball above Barry McNamee Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork City missed out on a chance to close the gap on Premier Division leaders Dundalk as they were held to a draw by Derry City at Turner's Cross last night.

Going into this 11 points behind with a game in hand, John Caulfield's side knew that the margin for error had evaporated but a strong Derry defensive effort frustrated them.

The first half wasn't without good opportunities and it was Derry who were disappointed not to break the deadlock.

They played nice passing football as they sought to build on the win over Shamrock Rovers and Ciarán O'Connor went close to scoring on three occasions.

Barring a John O'Flynn chance which had Shaun Patton off his line quickly and Ryan McBride completing the clearance, Cork City didn't offer many clear-cut chances but O'Flynn went close upon the restart, his header from Ross Gaynor's cross straight at Patton.

Derry sub, former Cork player Cillian Morrison, could have stolen it when he got his head to O'Connor's header and Bennett blocked Dooley's follow-up. Late on, a Cork replacement, Danny Morrissey, had a great opportunity but he headed wide from Steven Beattie's cross.

CORK CITY - McNulty; McSweeney, Bennett, Murray (O'Connor 73), Gaynor; Miller, Dunleavy; Sheppard (Morrissey 85), Buckley, Dennehy; O'Flynn (Beattie 65).

DERRY CITY - Patton; McLaughlin (McEneff 54), McBride, Barry, Jarvis; Timlin, McCormack, Cornwall, McNamee, Dooley; O'Connor (Quigley 90).

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin)

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