Kielt makes his point for home side
Derry 0-11 Clare 1-08
A dramatic last-gasp point from James Kielt, five minutes into injury time, gave Derry a share of the spoils at in an evenly poised game at Celtic Park.
Ciaran Russell's second point of the contest, in Clare's very last attack, appeared to have snatched victory for Colm Collins' side. But with just seconds remaining the home side managed to work the ball out wide to Kielt who converted a difficult effort from 40 yards.
A teacher by occupation, Derry manager Damian Barton will have taken enough positives out of this game to keep the red ink to a minimum.
He handed four youngsters their league debut, all of them in his defence, and they can be forgiven for not knitting together as tightly as will surely be required in bigger battles ahead.
Derry enjoyed a slight advantage when they ran in 0-6 to 0-5 up at half-time. However, that statistic is somewhat misleading as the Banner men managed to chisel out two or three decent goal chances that could have settled matters early on.
When Jamie Malone did finally beat Thomas Mallon with a simple palm home in the 44th minute it handed Clare a two point lead. A Niall Loughlin '45', into a head wind, and a Mark Lynch free levelled matters by the 48th minute.
A further Loughlin point was quickly cancelled out by David Tubridy's white flag in the 64th minute. Russell's score appeared to be the winner, but credit to Derry, with Kielt's point earning his side a share of the spoils.
Clare's third black card of the second half (to Dean Ryan), saw them finish the match with 14 men, Colm Collins having used his allocation of substitutions.
Unbeaten Derry make their first away trip of the league when they travel to Meath next week with a 'C+' penned in for yesterday's efforts.
Derry scorers: James Kielt 0-4 (0-1f), Enda Lynn 0-2, Niall Loughlin (0-2, 1f), Carlus McWilliams (0-2, 1f), Mark Lynch 0-1f
Clare scorers: Eoin Cleary 0-3f, Jamie Malone 1-0, Ciaran Russell 0-2, Liam Markham 0-1, Sean Collins 0-1, David Tubridy 0-1