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Sligo continue to frustrate Candystripes

FOR the third game in a row Derry City failed to score against bogey side Sligo Rovers, in what was an entertaining encounter at the Brandywell.

Stephen Kenny's side had the better of the first half, but Rovers came out a different team after the break and deserved a share of the spoils.

Just before the break some super wing play by James McClean saw him get away from Alan Keane before whipping the ball into the six-yard box, but the dangerous centre flashed inches past Eamon Zayed's right boot.

Right on the stroke of half-time Patrick McEleney was the latest Derry player to break the Rovers offside trap, but his curling effort from the edge of the box flew well over the crossbar.

A fantastic free-kick by Joseph N'do on 54 minutes found Jason McGuinness but the Sligo centre-back's towering header whistled just over. A defensive mistake by Eddie McCallion a minute later left in Eoin Doyle, but his close-range shot was somehow kept out by Gerard Doherty.

The Candystripes had a glorious chance on 64 minutes when McClean's knock-down found Gareth McGlynn, but his right-footed drive hit the side netting.

N'do was in the thick of things again on 84 minutes. His teasing in-swinging corner was headed off the line by Ruaidhri Higgins.

A super last-ditch tackle by Danny Lafferty denied Alan Kirby a certain goal a minute before the end, and Doherty had to make a remarkable save to make sure McCallion's miss-hit clearance didn't fall into the net.

Derry City -- Doherty; McCallion, Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; McGlynn, Higgins, Deery, McClean; P McEleney (McDaid 75), Zayed (McLaughlin 84).

Sligo Rovers -- Clarke; Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Green; Doyle, Ryan, Ventre (Kirby 64), Creatro; Russell (N'do 52), Blinkhorn (Horgan 88).

REF -- T Connolly (Dublin).

Irish Independent