Fans voice their anger as Derry City labour to a goalless draw with Limerick

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton

Derry City may have climbed out of the relegation play-off spot on goal difference on Friday night, but the Brandywell faithful were not impressed.

In fact, a chorus of boos greeted the final whistle as Peter Hutton’s side frustrated again in a 0-0 draw with Limerick.

Not for the first time, Derry also failed to turn up after the break with neither side threatening to score.

Sligo’s defeat at Bohemians emerged the only relief, but there’s now major concern at what has been a pitiful season for the North West club.

Derry had actually dominated the opening half with Patrick McEleney clearly the home side’s best player on the night.

The talented talisman went close to breaking the deadlock twice during the opening seven minutes as the Candystripes got off to a lively start with the wind at their backs.

On the half hour the home lot really should have broke the deadlock following another McEleney-inspired move.

Having sent Mark Timlin scampering clear on the left, the winger’s low centre across the six yards line was met by the advancing Stephen Dooley but, from point blank range, he fluffled his lines and a glorious chance was lost.

One minute later Derry threatened again when Shane McEleney played Barry McNamee into a one-on-one situation but his low shot was parried wide by keeper Fred Hall.

Patrick McEleney was denied by Hall at his near post as the home side continued to huff and puff in the front line.

And one minute before the break Dooley blasted the ball recklessly over the crossbar, McEleney again the architect of the move with a superb chip to set him up.

The second half proved to be a hugely disappointing affair with both sides struggling to score and, at the death, an inswinging cross by Derry substitute Ronan Curtis found its way into the path of fellow sub Cillian Morrison who handled the ball when attempting to score.

Derry City: Doherty; Cornwall, McBride, S. McEleney, Jarvis; Dooley (Curtis, 76), McNamee, Jarvis, Timlin; P. McEleney (Quigley, 81), Curran (Morrison, 85).

Limerick: Hall; O’Connor, Price, Williams, Tracy; Mann (Agyemang, h/t), Hughes (Lynch, 70), Duggan, Turner; Clarke, Russell.

Referee: P. Tuite (Dublin)