McClean’s strike not enough for Derry City
Cork City 1 Derry City 1
Derry City’s ten game winning streak finally came to an end as they were held to a score draw at Turner’s Cross last night.
Derry had looked to be on their way to their first win in Cork in seventeen attempts when James McClean gave them an early lead, but a Dave Mulcahy header gave the home side a share of the spoils.
Derry enjoyed the perfect start to the game when they took the lead after just 12 minutes through James McClean.
The winger collected the ball on the edge of the Cork penalty area and worked his way across the area before trying a shot which was deflected past the outstretched hand of Mark McNulty.
Derry were in control of the game, but suffered a setback when Cork equalised with their first effort on goal in the dying stages of the first-half. Dave Mulcahy took advantage of some poor positioning by Gerard Doherty and headed the ball into the Derry net.
Cork were the superior team in the second-half and City were fortunate to get away with a point as only one team looked like getting the winning goal.
Davin O’ Neill should have got the winner as he had Cork’s best chances, side footing the ball into the side netting from close range, before he brought a superb save from Doherty with a shot from 18 yards.
Derry were far from the free flowing team which had come to Cork with ten consecutive wins, and they will have been grateful for the point in a game in which they were very much second best.
CORK CITY: McNulty, Turner, Mulcahy, O’ Halloran, O’ Neill (Warren 90), Cummins, Duggan, Cillian Lordan, Hojan, Cathal Lordan, Forde (Deasy 70).
DERRY CITY: Doherty, McCallion, McChrystal, Scoltock, Friars, McEleney (Sweeney 79), Molloy, Deery, McClean, McBride (Cassidy 61), McDaid.
Referee: C Fitzgerald