Derry City had Ryan McBride sent-off five minutes from the end of their disappointing 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell on Friday.
McBride was dismissed for a late challenge on substitute Chris Lyons.
McBride had a header saved by Stephen McGuinness in the first half while for Bray, Hugh Douglas powered a header wide from David Cassidy's corner.
After the break, Aaron Barry fired into the side-netting and Cillian Morrison was denied by the legs of McGuinness.
Morrison's effort from six yards was the best chance of a Premier League encounter which only occasionally rose above the mediocre.
Derry had early penalty appeals for a foul on Anthony Elding waved away, then McEleney's free-kick provided the ammunition for McBride's low headed effort from eight yards, but the visiting goalkeeper was equal to the task.
Morrison was booked for simulation on the edge of the area, while Douglas went close and Graham Kelly saw a shot charged down by Barry.
Barry failed to find the net from close range, before Ger Doherty made a fine save to deny Adam Hanlon.
Derry remain seventh in the table ahead of their trip to face Limerick on Monday night.