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Shamrock Rovers battle back from two goals down to earn priceless draw at the Brandywell


Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley

SHAMROCK Rovers remain in pole position for a Europa League place, following a hard-fought point at Derry City.

The Dubliners came from two goals down to earn themselves a deserved share of the spoils and in doing so remain a point clear of the Candystripes.

Neither side created much in the early stages, in what was a somewhat nervous start to the game.

The match sparked into life on 17 minutes as Derry scored their 50th goal of the season as Ronan Curtis calmly curled the ball low into Barry Murphy’s left-hand corner.

Derry doubled their lead two minutes later as a well-worked corner ended with Barry McNamee’s centre finding Curtis, who slammed home from six yards.

A defensive mistake on 39 minutes resulted in Rovers pulling a goal back when Aaron McEneff was caught in possession 20 yards from goal, before Gary Shaw laid the ball off to Gary McCabe and the midfielder made no mistake, firing high past Gerard Doherty. 

Rovers were unlucky not to level things on 77 minutes as David Webster’s header from McCabe’s corner was superbly tipped away by Doherty.

But the equaliser came on 84 minutes as Stephen McPhail’s right wing free-kick close to the corner flag, flew right across the box and into the net.

Derry – Doherty, McDermott, Vemmelund, Karner, Jarvis; McEneff, McCormack; Schubert (Monaghan 72), McNamee, Curtis (Boyle 86); Patterson.

Shamrock Rovers – Murphy, Webster, O’Connor, McCabe, Shaw (Dobbs 78), Madden, D Clarke (Miele 72), Boyd, T Clarke, Heaney, McPhail.

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Ref – R Harvey (Dublin)

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