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Candystripes lack killer touch to conquer UCD

Derry City 0 UCD 0

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City were left frustrated as they failed to break down a resolute UCD team who left the Brandywell with a well earned point last night.

This was far from the drama seen against Dundalk last week as City struggled to break down the team at the foot of the Premier Division.

The opening goal should have arrived ten minutes in when Ciaron Harkin showed great presence of mind to hook the ball in behind the UCD defence to send David Parkhouse through on goal.

The striker went for power though and Conor Kearns was able to save.

Another chance came and went five minutes before half time when Kearns spilled a cross from McDonagh and when the winger got the chance to cross again, it came to Parkhouse but he headed over from six yards.

It took brilliant defending from Daniel Tobin to save his team as McDonagh's cross looked set to be tapped in by Aidy Delap until Tobin took it off the toe of the substitute.

Derry came so close again on 69 minutes when Delap brought a McDonagh cross down out of the air and laid it off for Ciaran Coll who drove it just wide of the post.

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Derry should have won it in added time but Aidy Delap somehow headed wide from six yards from Ally Gilchrist's brilliant cross.

Derry City: Cherrie, Coll, Toal, Gilchrist, McDonagh, Sloggett, Cole, Harkin (Stokes 72), McCauley (Delap 60), Bruna, Parkhouse.

UCD: Kearns, Tobin, McEvoy, Keaney, Madhy, Kinsella, Bishop (Keane 64), McClelland, O'Farrell, Doyle, Dignam, Farrell.

Referee: John McLoughlin.

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