Sligo and Derry play out scintillating stalemate
Sligo Rovers 0 Derry City 0
One of the more entertaining scoreless draws of the season saw Sligo Rovers and Derry City share the spoils at the Showgrounds.
The home side claimed a fifth successive clean sheet at home, but had plenty of chances at the other end to claim all three points, but for some last-ditch Derry defending.
Rovers’ in-form striker Raff Cretaro had a glorious chance to open the scoring after just ten minutes when Liam Martin set him up, but he took an extra touch in the area, allowing the panic-stricken Derry defence to get back and prevent the shot.
Derry dominated possession in the early stages, but Rovers were always a threat on the counter-attack, and only a superb Ryan McBride intervention prevented John Russell from directing Craig Roddan’s cross into the net.
Both sides then had brilliant chances to open the scoring ten minutes before the break, as Ger Doherty made excellent stops to deny Liam Martin and then Kieran Sadlier inside the area when a goal looked a certainty.
And on the counter, Derry’s Ronan Curtis picked out Lucas Schubert inside the area, but he volleyed over when a header might have been the better option.
Sadlier had another chance with a header at the start of the second half, but Doherty denied him again, and Derry then twice thought they had opened the scoring on the hour-mark. A curling effort from Curtis was deflected narrowly wide and from the resulting corner, Niclas Vemmelund saw his header cleared off the line at the back post by Tobi Adebayo-Rowling.
Sligo’s Gary Boylan and Derry’s Barry McNamee had to make vital interceptions as both sides pushed for an elusive opener.
SLIGO Rovers – Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Boylan, Keohane, Kearns, Roddan, Russell, Sadlier, Martin, Cretaro.
DERRY City – Doherty, Jarvis, McBride, Vemmelund, McClean (Boyle 12), Schubert, McCormack, McEneff, McNamee, Curtis (Daniels 82), Patterson.
REF – R Roger