Cork City cement position with draw in Derry
Injury-time close shaves emerged the order of the day at a packed Brandywell last night as Cork City consolidated their leadership of the Premier Division having shared the spoils with Derry City.
A curling shot from Derry playmaker Aaron McEneff in the 91st minute appeared destined for the net before the ball rebounded off the post.
At the other end minutes later, Derry breathed a sigh of relief when a header from defender Seán McLoughlin failed to hit the target with goalkeeper Ger Doherty struggling.
The share of the spoils was appropriate given the balance of play in one of the better scoreless draws, with grit and determination displayed by both sides.
Cork looked menacing when moving forward, and on the half-hour mark Shane Griffin had an opportunity to break the deadlock but failed get the ball under control, a Derry defender poking the ball wide at the expense of a corner.
Following the change of ends, the home side recorded the first serious shot on target on the hour. Full-back Conor McDermott broke the flank and, having worked his way inside, his powerful low shot forced Cork City’s keeper, Mark McNulty, into a decent save.
A shot from Rory Hale in the 67th minute screamed wide of the Cork goal with McNulty stranded.
Ten minutes from the end, Cork sub Kieran Sadlier chased a lost cause, forcing Ger Doherty into a low save.