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Candystripes preserve run in Oriel stalemate

Dundalk 0 - Derry City 0

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City are now eight games unbeaten after holding Dundalk to a scoreless draw at Oriel Park last night. This was another impressive performance from Kenny Shiels' team, who weathered an early storm to frustrate their hosts throughout.

The Candystripes grew in belief in the second half and could even have nicked a late winner through Ronan Curtis in what was a mature performance from the visitors.

Less than three minutes in, Gerard Doherty was tested when Dundalk threatened with their first attack. A free kick was clipped into the area by Patrick McEleney and Paddy Barrett headed goalwards only for Doherty to push the ball behind for a corner.

The City goalkeeper made an even better save just five minutes later. Michael Duffy received possession on the edge of the area and picked out captain Dane Massey, whose ferociously hit effort was punched into the air by Doherty before Derry scrambled clear.

As the game grew more open, Ronan Curtis was just inches from latching onto a Barry McNamee through ball, with Gary Rogers having to come off his line bravely to gather.

Still, City were showing intent for the first time and they very nearly took the lead in bizarre fashion when Nicky Low's corner was miscontrolled by Sean Hoare, who sent the ball over his own goalkeeper only for Robbie Benson to head off the line.

Dundalk still carried a significant threat and that was proved when Niclas Vemmelund's cross was controlled brilliantly by Jamie McGrath, who turned and volleyed just over Doherty's goal.

Derry almost snatched a winner as Hoare's poor back pass gave Nathan Boyle a sight of goal but, with Rogers to beat, the striker could only find the side netting.

Dundalk kept on pushing but four minutes of added time saw the visitors threaten; Aaron McEneff bringing a save from Rogers from distance, before Curtis fired a shot past the keeper but wide of the upright.

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