Derry City missed the chance to go top of the table as they drew 0-0 at home to Dundalk.
Both sides came into the game in good form and given their penchant for attacking football an open game had been envisaged however what transpired was an evening of top quality defending and goal keeping with Peter Cherrie in fine form.
The game was barely a minute in when Cherrie was called into action to deny Patrick McEleney. Dundalk became even more reliant on Cherrie after 20 minutes when Colin Hawkins was forced off with a hamstring injury. The former Brighton had been a doubt coming into the game and could be set for a spell on the sidelines now. However instead of rocking Dundalk the substitution had the opposite effect with Doherty being called into action to save from Keith Ward.
Cherrie then did well to tip over Ryan McBride’s effort from 30 yards as Derry began to boss the game more, the keeper following that save up with another save from that man McBride again, this time with his head.
The second half saw Dundalk come back into it again, Kearns going close after a breakaway move however Derry should have broken the deadlock when David McDaid went close and the substitute was involved again as Derry had an effort cleared off the line the final minute, Eamonn Zayed’s follow up somehow kept out by Cherrie.
Dundalk will leave the Brandywell the happier of the two sides and Ian Foster will have been delighted with his side discipline and defending especially in light of the loss of Hawkins. Derry meanwhile leapfrogs Shamrock Rovers and goes second in the table a point behind Sligo.
Meanwhile Drogheda piled the misery on Galway as they won only their 4th game of the season with a 1-0 success at home.
Despite being the stronger side, Drogs could only score the one goal with the win and 3 points being secured thanks to Tiarnan Mulvenna’s 20th minute goal.
Galway, who finished the game with 10 men following the sending off of Yob Son and will head west in serious trouble after another demoralising defeat their 21st of a hard season.