Playing Derry for the third time in 11 days hardly got the pulse racing but we went into the game with optimism after Mondays performance. We were disappointed to see a change back to 4-4-2 but it was understandable that we wouldn’t throw caution to the wind straight away. We missed some great early chances and when Gary McCabe cut inside two defenders to win a penalty it looked like we eventually had the breakthrough but another change in penalty taker ensued and Dennehys spot kick was saved by Doherty, leaving fans to ask why Twiggy didn’t step-up and take it.
0-0 at half-time and the overriding feeling was that we should have been 3 up at least and hopefully we wouldn’t be punished for missed chances. A minute into the second half our fears were temporarily alleviated when Twiggy hooked home to put us one up. We continued to dominate and when McEleney received a second yellow for diving it seemed like we would go on and press home our advantage. O’Neill came on for Kavanagh and we never really looked like scoring after that.
Gartlands silly foul gave Derry a rare chance to push men forward and when Sives failed to deal with the first ball we allowed Derry to grab an equalizer as we conceded from yet another set-piece. Greene had a great chance late on to grab a winner but typical of his poor recent form he slide the effort wide and the game finished 1-1.
Again fans were disgruntled and despondent at the final whistle with the only positive thing being the 1-1 draw between Sligo and Pats at the Showgrounds. So after only 1 win in our last 4 league games we somehow only find ourselves 3 points of the top of the table and wins against UCD and away to Sligo in our next two games mean we can still end the first round of games on top of table, always look on the bright side of life!
Keep on Hooping!