Derry City 2 Dundalk 2
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe struck a last gasp equaliser as Derry City saved a point in a frantic finale at the Brandywell.
The Candy Stripes thought they had lost it when Pat Hoban struck in the 90th minute but they showed great character to fight back to grab a point.
Derry were almost powerless to stop Michael Duffy in the closing stages, the winger breezing past red and white shirts at will, with Jamie McDonagh cautioned after just 10 minutes for attempting to recklessly bring down the Dundalk man.
It was all going Duffy’s way and Derry were lucky to survive on 18 minutes when Duffy skipped past David Parkhouse easily and raced into the penalty area but his ball across the six yard box missed his team mates much to the dismay of Vinny Perth on the sidelines.
Derry finally made Dundalk sweat at the other end on 22 minutes when new boy Darren McCauley began to get into the game for the first time and his low cross looked perfect for Parkhouse but the striker swung at the ball and sliced it from close range.
Nevertheless the loose ball seemed to be heading to the feet of Junior Ogedi until Dean Jarvis swept the ball off his toe just as the Brandywell fans were rising to their feet.
The Brandywell erupted on 42 minutes when a moment of indecision from Chris Shields gifted Derry a goal. The midfielder dallied on the ball in his own penalty area, and Junior nipped in to take the ball away from him.
Junior poked the ball in the direction of David Parkhouse completely unmarked 10 yards from goal and he swept the ball past an exposed Gary Rogers to make it 1-0 just before half time.
Dundalk thought they had levelled on 52 minutes when Duffy got on the end of a cross from Sean Gannon and headed downwards past Peter Cherrie. The celebrations were cut short however by an offside flag with Georgie Kelly ruled to be interfering with play by standing in front of the City goalkeeper.
Dundalk had their equaliser on 57 minutes however when Greg Sloggett lost the ball in midfield and the visitors broke quickly, Chris Shields breaking into the area and pulling the ball back for Georgie Kelly to fire past Cherrie from close range.
Dundalk thought they had won it when Hoban headed in on 90 minutes to leave the Brandywell stunned into silence. But there was still time to respond and with seconds left on the clock Junior met McDonagh’s corner with a powerful header which squirmed past Rogers and into the net to save a point for Declan Devine’s team.
Derry City: Cherrie, McDonagh, Toal, Gilchrist, Coll, Harkin, Sloggett, McNamee (Bruna 83’), McCauley (Cole 66’), Ogedi-Uzokwe, Parkhouse (Davis 72’)
Dundalk: Rogers, Gannon, Boyle, Cleary, Jarvis, Benson (McGrath 68’), Shields, McEleney, Mountney (Kelly 78’), Duffy, Kelly (Hoban 68’).
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.