Derry City 0-0 Dundalk

Patrick McEleney of Derry City
Patrick McEleney had a couple of chances for Derry City

Derry City missed out on going top of the Premier Division when they were held at home by Dundalk on Friday.

Victory for third-placed City would have given them top spot as Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers were not in action because of European commitments.

Late on, substitute David McDaid looked set to grab all three points but his volley went just wide.

Then Derry looked for a hand-ball decision when Dundalk's defence blocked on the line in stoppage-time.

The point was enough to take Derry into second place, ahead of champions Shamrock Rovers on goal difference but City have played a game more.

Dundalk deserved the draw as they largely restricted Stephen Kenny's men to half chances.

Derry started off brightly against Dundalk with Patrick McEleney's shot forcing a first-minute save from Dundalk keeper Peter Cherry.

McEleney had a chance in the 64th minute but headed over the bar.

In Friday's other Premier game, Drogheda United beat Galway United 1-0.

Bottom-placed Galway are Derry's next opponents on 5 August.

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