Derry City make a point to old boss Fenlon
Bohemians 0 Derry City 0
Derry City battled to earn a well deserved point at fellow title chasers Bohemians last night.
In a game were chances were few and far between, Gareth McGlynn's first-half opportunity was probably the best throughout the entire 90 minutes.
In a disappointing affair it would have been Derry boss Stephen Kenny who would have been the happier manager, as his side created whatever chances their were in the game.
As expected former Brandywell boss Pat Fenlon received a hostile reception from the large travelling supporters from the Maiden City.
The match was played in near perfect conditions at Dalymount Park and it was the home side who had the first shot in anger in just the second minute.
Republic of Ireland striker Glen Crowe found himself in space just inside the City area, but he couldn't control his volley and the ball flew well over Gerard Doherty's bar.
Derry started to find their passing and they missed a golden opportunity to take the lead 10 minutes later following a superb move.
Ruairdhi Higgins started the break which saw Owen Morrison race clear down the left and his inch-perfect cross found the in-rushing Gareth McGlynn but the midfielder's diving header from six yards lacked pace and Brian Murphy saved easily.
Another Morrison run and centre soon after caused problems in the Gypsies defence, but a last ditch block by Ken Oman averted the danger.
Crowe had a chance to break the deadlock in the 20th minute when Killian Brennan's right wing corner picked him out, but the centre-forward's powerful header from 10 yards flashed just over.
It took until the 63rd minute for the first effort on goal in the second period, but Mark Farren's angled drive from the right hand edge of the area was straight at Murphy.
Seven minutes later City hit the woodwork. Farren's clever lay-off found Morrison on the edge of the box, but the winger's snap-shot took a deflection off Owen Heary before hitting the post.
Both managers went in search of the three points, with Fenlon bringing on duo Neale Fenn and Chris Turner for Jason Byrne and John Paul Kelly, while the visitors replaced Morrison with Niall McGinn.
In the dying minutes Brennan had a chance to win the game for the home side but his 20-yard free-kick was tame and Doherty saved comfortably.
BOHEMIANS: Murphy, Heary, Oman, Burns, Powell; Kelly, Cronin, Rossiter, Brennan; Byrne, Crowe. Subs: Fenn for Byrne (67); Turner for Kelly (79); McGuinness for Burns (87).
DERRY CITY: Doherty, McCallion, Hutton, Gray, Callaghan; McHugh, Molloy, Higgins, McGlynn, Morrison; Farren. Subs: McGinn for Morrison (79); Sammon for McHugh (90).
Referee: Declan Hanney (Dublin).