Dundalk Held By Derry City
Dundalk’s run of wins in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division has ended as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Derry City at Oriel Park.
Robbie Benson and Michael Duffy twice put Dundalk ahead however they were pegged back on both occasions when Aaron McEneff and Eoin Toal netted to give the visitors a share of the spoils.
Dundalk made a blistering start to the game and picked up where their form left off on Tuesday evening when Michael Duffy looked to be through on goal however he was ruled offside.
It wouldn’t be long until the Lilywhites did take the lead and it was when John Mountney’s superb cross from the right was met by the incoming Robbie Benson and his wonderful left footed volley found the net past Ger Doherty.
Dundalk dominated the opening stages and Duffy found himself in on goal again but Darren Cole did brilliantly to block the attempted shot.
Derry City began to take more possession and Nicky Low tried with a free-kick which was blocked before John Cofie struck from distance but it was saved by Gary Rogers.
Patrick Hoban had the best chance to double the advantage when Jamie McGrath slipped him in but Doherty stood tall and made a good block.
Sean Hoare then headed just over from Duffy’s corner as he rose higher than the visiting defence before Cofie used his trickery to get in behind the Lilywhite defence but his shot was scuffed and straight into the arms of Rogers.
Hoban then had another chance to make it 2-0 but his header from Sean Gannon’s cross didn’t threaten Doherty before Mountney found himself with a chance to head but Doherty did make a save this time.
Jamie McDonagh forced Rogers into a simple stop as he gathered at the second attempt before Aaron McEneff had a shot deflected into the goalkeepers arms.
Derry City would get their equaliser, from the penalty spot, when McEneff was brought down by Cleary just inside the area.
It would be McEneff himself who stood up to take and he sent Rogers the wrong way to level it up.
The Lilywhites would go back in front though and Duffy met a Gannon cross to finish at the back post to leave us leading 2-1 at half-time.
The Candystripes would be level straight after the re-start though when Eoin Toal finished a rebound after Cofie’s header was expertly saved by Rogers.
This did spring the hosts into life and they controlled the majority of possession with Benson the main architect.
It was Benson who would slip a superb ball through to Duffy and as he was about the shoot he looked to be clipped by Peers however the ball fell to Hoban but he hit it just wide.
Doherty did well to block a point blank effort from Cleary before Duffy found space just outside the area and let fly however it went inches wide of the target.
The Candystripes were reduced to 10 men for the closing stages when Peers received his second yellow card and Marco Tagbajumi almost scored from the next attack when his rasping shot was blocked but it rebounded into the path of Duffy on the edge of the area but he blasted over on the volley.
That proved to be the final action of note as after 4 minutes of additional time referee Ben Connolly blew the full-time whistle.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey; Robbie Benson, Stephen O’Donnell (capt) (Chris Shields 76); John Mountney (Dylan Connolly 72), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 78).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen Folan, Ronan Murray, Dean Jarvis.
Sent off: None.
DERRY CITY: Ger Doherty; Eoin Toal, Gavin Peers, Darren Cole, Jack Doyle; Jamie McDonagh, Nicky Low, Rory Hale, Aaron McEneff, Ronan Curtis; John Cofie (Nathan Boyle 70).
Substitutes not used: Eric Grimes (GK), Scott Whiteside, Ben Doherty, Niall Logue, Cathal Farren, Jamie McIntyre
Booked: Peers (20, 86), McDonagh (39), Doherty (49) Doyle (51),
Sent off: Peers (86)
Referee: Ben Connolly.