Derry City are denied victory despite Timlin's cracker
Drogheda Utd 1-1 Derry City
Derry City were deprived of a much needed three points despite another Mark Timlin wonder goal in Drogheda.
Timlin's free kick, late in the first half, gave Derry a deserved lead following a brilliant first half display, but the hard work was ruined by a Sean Brennan equaliser after the break.
City - who stay ninth, three points behind Drogheda - started brightly and threatened within five minutes when Patrick McEleney found Ryan Curran in space but the striker's low shot lacked power and goalkeeper Michael Schlingerman saved.
The one thing lacking from City's performance in an impressive first half was a goal and they could have broken through on the half hour when Patrick McEleney led a three on two counter attack, playing Ryan Curran into the area on the right.
The young striker had Ronan Curtis screaming for the ball unmarked at the back post, but Curran went for glory himself and sent his shot into the side netting much to his team mate's frustration.
But frustration turned to celebration on 39 minutes when Derry won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Timlin sent a beautiful shot over the wall and into the top corner over the despairing dive of Schlingerman to make it 1-0.
That lead disappeared in the opening 10 minutes of the second half when a cross from Jason Marks found the run of Brennan, who flicked a header over Gerard Doherty, the Derry goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball to send it onto the underside of the bar, but the referee's assistant on the far side adjudged that the ball had crossed the line and Drogheda had their equaliser.
Drogheda should have won the game in added time when Lee Duffy dispossessed Aaron Barry before taking the ball past Doherty.
But just as the Drogheda man was about to shoot into the open goal, Barry got back to make a vital challenge to save a point for Peter Hutton's team.
Drogheda: Schlingerman, Gorman, Byrne, Daly, Brennan (Mulvenna 86), Duffy, Whelan (Brady 77), O'Reilly, Maher, Buckley, Marks.
Derry city: Doherty, Sharkey, Jarvis, Barry, S McEleney, Timlin, Curtis (Kelly 84), Lowry, McNamee, P McEleney, Curran.
Referee: Neil Doyle.
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