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Derry are denied by another late goal

Derry City 2 - 2 Dundalk

By Eoin Wilson

Richie Towell's 95th minute goal denied Derry City a much-needed win at the Brandywell.

Peter Hutton's team were on the verge of victory thanks to goals from Barry McNamee and Michael Duffy, but the dismissal of Cliff Byrne put the hosts onto the back foot and right at the last Dundalk capitalised.

The first chance came 10 minutes in when McNamee burst down the left and sent a low cross towards the back post, where Mark Timlin was denied a certain goal by a superb last gasp challenge from Dane Massey.

Massey then threatened at the other end and he should have done better than head over when found unmarked by Darren Meenan's free kick.

Derry continued to look the more dangerous of the two teams in the opening period and Rory Patterson thought he had given them the lead on 26 minutes after brilliantly lobbing Peter Cherrie, but an offside flag denied the Derry striker.

Dundalk stunned Derry when they took the lead in the final minute of the half. There was a stroke of fortune about the goal as in attempting to intercept a pass, Barry Molloy only managed to flick it into the path of Kurtis Byrne, who volleyed home.

Derry equalised within 60 seconds as McNamee barrelled his way into the Dundalk penalty area, evading two challenges, before poking the ball past Cherrie.

The Candystripes turned the game on its head seven minutes into the second half as they took the lead in spectacular fashion.

McNamee's industry earned him space in midfield and he was able to send Michael Duffy racing towards goal. Duffy had options either side of him, but he went for goal from all of 30 yards and the ball flew into the top corner.

Stephen Kenny responded by bringing on former Derry striker Mark Griffin from the bench and he could have levelled immediately but Gerard Doherty denied him with a superb stop.

Griffin was then presented with a great chance to level when he was put through on goal because of a misplaced pass from Duffy, but with just Doherty to beat he fired into the side netting.

Derry were holding firm, but their task was made harder when captain Cliff Byrne was red carded after an off the ball incident with Patrick Hoban.

City were denied a huge win in the last of five added minutes when Towell's shot from the edge of the area took a huge deflection to take the ball into the net.

Derry City: Doherty, Jarvis, Molloy, McBride, McNamee, P McEleney, Patterson, Duffy, Timlin, Byrne, Barry.

Dundalk: Cherrie, Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Shields, Hargan, Mountney, Byrne, Massey, Towell, Meenan.

Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin).

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