Premier Division: Sligo Rovers 1-1 Derry City

Philip Lowry scored Derry City's goal in the draw away to Sligo Rovers
Philip Lowry joined Derry City in 2014 from Irish League club Linfield

Derry City had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Saturday night's Premier Division match away to Sligo Rovers.

The Candystripes took the lead in the seventh minute when Philip Lowry advanced to deliver a shot which found the net despite home keeper Ryan Coulter getting a touch on the ball.

Sligo equalised within three minutes through former Bohemians midfielder Eion Wearen header's.

Derry's Mark Timlin was sent-off near the end for getting two yellow cards.

After the early goals, Derry survived a couple of scares in the first half.

Keeper Gerard Doherty saved well to deny Keith Ward after Derry had been caught napping at the back.

Then, just before half-time, Derry had to make a goal-line clearance as Ward's delivery into the box caused mayhem and Aaron Barry hooked the ball away for a corner.

The match saw former Bristol Rovers midfielder Seanan Clucas make his competitive debut for Derry.

He had not been able to play in the first two league fixtures as there was a delay in obtaining international clearance following his move from Irish League club Linfield.

The result leaves Peter Hutton's City with four points from their opening three matches.

Derry have not won a league game away to Sligo since 2009 and the sides will meet again at the Showgrounds in the second round of the EA Sports Cup in early April.

Derry are away to St Patrick's Athletic on Tuesday night, a match midfielder Timlin will miss because of his dismissal at Sligo.