Duggan rescues point for Blues
Waterford 2 Derry City 2
A stoppage-time penalty by prolific midfielder Shane Duggan pinched an undeserved point for Waterford against Derry City yesterday at the RSC.
Despite the Blues starting well, with Aaron Drinan harshly adjudged to be offside when heading home on 13 minutes, Derry dominated the remainder of the half.
David Parkhouse was their main threat and, after missing a sitter, he eventually broke the deadlock three minutes before the break. The Northern Ireland U-21 forward smashed his first-time shot from Jamie McDonagh's low cross past Matt Connor from eight yards.
Still, instead of building on that lead, Derry allowed an off-colour Waterford a chance to equalise on 62 minutes. Half-time substitute Izzy Akinade was on hand to capitalise, charging through Bastien Héry's pass to stroke the ball past the advancing Peter Cherrie.
Darren Cole thought he had lifted Derry above Bohemians in third spot by curling a peach into the top corner but McDonagh's needless trip on Drinan allowed Duggan score from the spot, the third home game in a row he'd found the net.
"We were almost licking our wounds after conceding so late in the game," admitted Waterford manager Alan Reynolds. "Our players were tired out there after such a big win over Cork City on Friday night but the tackle on Aaron at the end gave the referee a decision to make."