Derry City’s Ger Doherty keeps Galway United at bay
Candystripes escape with a point after stalemate at Eamonn Deacy Park
Derry City goalkeeper Ger Doherty ensured his side left Galway with a point. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
Derry City goalkeeper Ger Doherty gave a stunning display as his side escaped from Eamonn Deacy Park with a draw.
Doherty could have been sent-off early on but referee Robert Hennessy gave him the benefit of the doubt, and Derry survived in front of 723 on a warm summer’s evening.
The original fixture was called off in March due to the sudden passing of Derry City captain Ryan McBride. Since then Derry have lost against Bray Wanderers, Cork City and Finn Harps, with draws against Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic.
But last Friday they won their first league game since March 18th, beating Bohemians 2-0, and they held on for a draw here.
Derry could have been down to ten men after five minutes when Doherty palmed away a Cunningham shot outside of his penalty area, but referee Robert Hennessy only brandished a yellow card.
It was 0-0 at half-time and despite being well behind in the possession and territory stakes, Galway United were still well in it.
They struggled all season but after their 2-0 EA Sports Cup win over Derry, they drew away to Limerick and Drogheda United in the league.
Galway’s win against reigning champions Dundalk - Shane Keegan’s first league success - was a huge boost, and they also qualified for the EA Sports Cup semi-final.
But despite chances for Devaney and Cunningham in the second-half Galway had to settle for another home draw.
Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Shanahan, Holohan (Byrne, 93), Cawley, Devaney; Cunningham, Murray.
Derry City: G Doherty; McDermott, Barry, Jarvis, B Doherty; Daniels (Schubert, 77), Monaghan, McEneff (Holden, 83), Curtis; McNamee, Boyle (Low, 67).
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Limerick).