Cork City 0 – 0 Derry City
Derry took their first away point of the season with a battling draw in Turners Cross.
Declan Devine had named the same side that beat Waterford 3-2 on Monday, but was forced into a late change when Patrick McClean picked up a quad injury in the warm up. That opened the door for Ciaran Coll to make his first start in the Candystripes, slotting in at left back.
There had been heavy rain in Cork for several hours before the game and like the surface, the game was rather sodden in the first half.
Both sides struggled to break their opponents down, and no keeper had a save to make in the opening 45 minutes.
The best chance of the first half came to the home side when Griffin drove forward and his long range effort clipped off the outside of the post.
Derry enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second period. Ally Gilchrist had McNulty scrambling when his long range dipping effort and the Cork keeper tipped it over.
McNamee’s corner was headed first by Sloggett but no Derry player was there to finish the move. City forced another couple of corners but weren’t able to fashion another chance.
The home side made a double change before the hour mark with Horgan and Tilley and the home side began to establish control.
Sheppard probably had the best chance but Gilchrist got back to clear the danger.
Whilst the home side may have enjoyed plenty of the ball, the solid City defence held firm.
In the closing side both sides had chances, the visitors with a shot from Delap deflected wide but McCarthy probably had the pick of the chances.
However the visitors dug in and secured a point.