League of Ireland: Derry City earn point against Drogheda

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton's side went into Friday's game after two bad defeats

Struggling Derry City showed resolve to earn a deserved 1-1 draw against Drogheda in their last game before the two-week League of Ireland break.

After the 3-0 home defeat by St Pat's and Monday's 4-1 hammering by Shamrock Rovers, Derry went into the game only three points above the relegation zone.

However, Derry started well and Mark Timlin put then ahead on 39 minutes.

Sean Brennan levelled for Drogheda on 57 and Shane McEleney had to make a great goal-line clearance late on.

McEleney got back to clear after a mistake by defender Aaron Barry appeared to have gifted a goal to impressive Drogheda player Lee Duffy.

But a Drogheda victory would have been an injustice on the Candystripes.

Derry boss Peter Hutton made three changes from the defeat by Shamrock Rovers with Timlin, Ronan Curtis and the impressive Ryan Curran replacing suspended Ryan McBride and benched Seanan Clucas and Josh Daniels.

The Candystripes were the better side in the opening period as Curran and Barry McNamee impressed.

Patrick McEleney and Curran went close before Timlin's superb free-kick put them ahead on 39 minutes after the goalscorer himself had been fouled by Alan Byrne.

However after their impressive first-half display, Derry's tempo dropped in the second half as Drogheda had the better of the action.

Brennan levelled 12 minutes after the resumption as he nodded in, off the underside of the crossbar, following a cross from Joe Gorman.

Curran did have a half-chance to restore Derry's lead but the visitors nearly suffered a late sucker punch with Shane McEleney doing brilliantly to clear Duffy's chance off the line after Barry's mistake.

With Bray losing 1-0 in Cork, the result moves Derry four points above the relegation play-off spot as they remain ninth in the 12-team Premier Division.

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