Cork City ce­ment po­si­tion with draw in Derry

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

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.

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