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There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians in an evenly matched contest at the Brandywell (stock photo)

There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians in an evenly matched contest at the Brandywell (stock photo)

There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians in an evenly matched contest at the Brandywell (stock photo)

There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians at the Brandywell in a game of few hightlights. It may well be best remembered as the night when 14-year-old Evan Ferguson made his league debut, coming on as a sub in the final minutes.

With both teams hoping to secure third place and European football, hopes were high that this would reach the heights of last week's thrilling League Cup final with Dundalk, but for the third time this season the sides couldn't be separated.

Eoin Toal's meandering drive led to the only real chance of the first period as he picked out the run of David Parkhouse but James Talbot was off his line quickly to smother the striker's shot.

City were so nearly celebrating a goal straight after the break, when Ciaron Harkin met Junior's header with a volley which Talbot pushed behind for a corner. The home side were lucky to survive on 68 minutes when Jamie McDonagh gave the ball straight to Andre Wright 25 yards from his own goal and the striker played in Luke Wade Slater, but he blazed off target. Barry McNamee had the last chance of note but he was also wayward with his weaker right foot.

Derry City - Cherrie, Coll, Gilchrist, Toal, McDonagh, Sloggett (McCruddden 81'), Harkin, McNamee, Malone (Delap 77'), Ogedi-Uzokwe, Parkhouse.

Bohemians - Talbot, Kirk, Cornwall, Finnerty, Lyons, Allardice, Tierney, Grant, Ward (Devoy 63'), Wade Slater (Ferguson 89'), Wright (Graydon 75').

Ref - P McLaughlin

Irish Independent