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Candystripes are unable to break will of defiant Bohs

Derry City 0 Bohemians 0

Tough duel: Greg Sloggett and Keith Ward of Bohemians
Tough duel: Greg Sloggett and Keith Ward of Bohemians

By Eoin Wilson

There was no separating Derry City and Bohemians in an evenly matched contest at the Brandywell.

With both teams hoping to secure third place and European football for next season, hopes were high that this would match last week's thrilling EA Sports League Cup final with Dundalk, but it never came close in terms of goalmouth action or excitement.

The first chance of note for either side came after 14 minutes when City's Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe's powerful header flew past the upright.

Eoin Toal's meandering led to another chance after he picked out the run of David Parkhouse in behind the Bohs defence but the alert James Talbot was off his line quickly to smother the striker's shot.

City were so nearly celebrating a goal in the opening two minutes of the second half when Harkin met Junior's header with a volley which Talbot pushed behind for a corner. McNamee's delivery from the corner found Junior who so nearly turned in a header from close range only for Paddy Kirk to crucially block it behind for another corner.

City had a huge shout for a penalty on 53 minutes when Jack Malone turned Ross Tierney on the byline and made his way into the penalty box where he fell under pressure from the defender.

The home side were lucky to survive on 68 minutes when Jamie McDonagh gave the ball straight to Wright 25 yards from his own goal and the striker immediately played Luke Wade Slater in, but with just Peter Cherrie to beat, the Bohs' man blazed badly off target.

Derry City: Cherrie, Coll, Gilchrist, Toal, McDonagh, Sloggett (McCrudden 81'), Harkin, McNamee, Malone (Delap 77'), Ogedi-Uzokwe, Parkhouse.

Bohemians: Talbot, Kirk, Cornwall, Finnerty, Lyons, Allardice, Tierney, Grant, Ward (Devoy 63'), Wade Slater (Ferguson 89'), Wright (Graydon 75').

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

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