Galway United 0 Derry City 0
City captain Gerard Doherty ensured that his side left Eamon Deacy Park with a share of the spoils last night, with a number of good saves in the second period to deny Shane Keegan’s side all three points.
Kenny Shiels went with an unchanged side from Friday night’s win over Bohs as his side looked to take advantage of the game in hand and close the gap to Dundalk and Bray Wanderers. The home side were looking to get off the foot of the table and so there was plenty to consider on a glorious night in the west.
Doherty was the centre of attention early in the game when he handled outside the area, but referee Henessey opted to branish only a yellow card when the home side felt the keeper should have been dismissed. City settled the better and only a hard and bobbly surface they dominated possession for long spells of the game.
However the home side defence were more than a match for the Derry attack, with Lee Grace the standout in the Galway backline. City forced a number of corners in the first half and playing into a strong sun, Conor Winn was in difficulties for a number of these. Ronan Curtis had two efforts blocked by the Galway defence who came to their keeper’s rescue after he had flapped at a high ball.
City forced the best chance of the first half when a neat swivel and turn by McNamee saw Winn brilliantly save low to touch the ball around the post. The home side’s best chance came when Barry headed straight to Cunningham. The front man sent his team mate Murray away down the left but his shot failed to seriously trouble Galway.
In the second period the home side began to get to grips with the midfield and although the visitors continued to dominate possession, it was the home side who were the most threatening. A Murray cross was met by the header of Devaney but his ehader was well stopped by the scrambling Doherty. Shanahan was a real handful down the Galway right and a better delivery on a number of occasions could have spelt real danger.
City’s best effort was a nice run and shot from Daniels but in truth the visitors looked to run out of ideas in the final third when met with the massed ranks of the Galway defence and Winn was relatively untroubled for long periods.
Doherty produced another two fine saves, one from Cunningham right at the death in order to ensure that City left with a share of the spoils.