City were held to a draw at the RSC on Friday night.
On a blustery night at the RSC, City boss Declan Devine admitted that his side didn’t do enough to take all three points against a home side that battled hard.
An injury to Darren Cole saw the City boss shuffle his pack, with McDonagh dropping back to right back and Michael McCrudden moving to the right wing, with David Parkhouse returning after suspension to lead the line.
City were playing into a strong wind in the first period and the blustery conditions made it very difficult for either side to play a lot of football.
However City got the perfect start when McNamee and Coll combined down the right. After a couple of blocked shots, Coll poked a looping cross to the back post. The ball evaded Connor and Junior bundled it home from only a couple of yards out.
The home side began to play themselves into the game but the Candystripes still looked the most threatening on the break with Junior, McNamee and Parkhouse all threatening.
The Blues had their best chance from a set piece when Cherrie tipped over a long range free from Lynch that was aided by the breeze.
Parkhouse had a great chance to double the advantage for City when he latched onto a mistake from Kouogun and headed for goal. He opted to take the shot earlier and the ball hit the leg of the advancing keeper and rebounded to safety.
City were to rue their missed chances as the home side began to dominate the possession and force the Candystripes back.
City failed to clear the danger from a another free and after the ball fell to Kavanagh on the left, his deep swirling cross was headed home by O’Connor at close range.
In the second half City had the benefit of the breeze but despite a couple of half chances, they were not able to make the break through.
McCrudden was very unlucky on a couple of occasions with the bouncing ball, whilst he really should have done better with a header from close range.
The home side were a danger through Figueira and O’Connor and a lack of communication in the City defence nearly cost them on a number of occasions.
Photo | Kevin Moore/MCI