Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Derry City

Derry City defender wins a high ball against Conor McCormick of Shamrock Rovers
Derry City defender wins a high ball against Conor McCormick of Shamrock Rovers

Derry City secured a point away to champions Shamrock Rovers despite having Patrick McEleney sent-off.

McEleney, booked in the first half, got a second yellow in the 69th minute for diving with Derry 1-0 down.

Derry keeper Gerard Doherty saved a Billy Dennehy penalty before Rovers made the breakthrough early in the second half through Gary Twigg.

David McDaid snatched a 78th-minute equaliser after Barry Molloy's volley had come off an upright.

Although, Derry had beaten Rovers in the Setanta Cup, they will happily settle for this point.

They had been under pressure early on with Twigg heading over from a good position and Daryl Kavanagh glancing just wide.

Rovers, managed by former Derry boss Stephen Kenny, got a penalty when Matt Crossan tripped Gary McCabe in the box.

Doherty dived to his left to save Dennehy's well-struck spot-kick.

Twigg pounced for the opener in the first minute of the second half after McCabe's corner was not cleared by the Derry defence.

When McEleney was dismissed, it looked like Derry would fall to back-to-back Premier Division defeats.

But then Dermot McCaffrey swung the ball in to the back post, Molloy's effort crashed off the woodwork and McDaid stabbed in fron about six yards.

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