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Candystripes extend unbeaten run to nine but still can't edge past the Drogs
It was Drogheda’s second scoreless draw at United Park in four days.

Drogheda United 0

Derry City 0

Gerard Grimes reports from United Park

DERRY CITY ARE now nine leagues games unbeaten as Drogheda United played out their second scoreless draw at United Park in the space of four days.

A miscue from Sean Brennan and two weak efforts by Ronan Curtis were the best chances in what was an even first half where both sides failed to properly test the opposition goalkeeper.

Drogheda were handed a major injury blow as goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness was stretchered off to a standing ovation on 18 minutes after landing horribly after he had caught a ball from a Derry corner.

Stephen McGuinness Donall Farmer; ©INPHO / Donall Farmer/INPHO Drogheda goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness was stretchered off early in the game because of injury. Donall Farmer; ©INPHO / Donall Farmer/INPHO / Donall Farmer/INPHO

The second half began in similar fashion to the first but it was Drogheda who should have hit the front on 58 minutes.

Marc Griffin was twice denied, first by a Conor McDermott block on the six-yard line before less than a minute later he was played in by Brennan and shot near post but was this time denied by a great Ger Doherty save.

Derry’s best chance to take the lead came with twenty minutes to play as Kennedy’s run found the forward with space in the box but Coulter was equal to the effort from the Derry forward.

Jake Hyland had the chance to win it two minutes from time but his volley was saved by Ger Doherty. Derry had a half chance a minute later as Rory Holden headed wide but neither side could find a winner in the end. 

Drogheda United: McGuinness (Coulter 18’); Kane, Farragher, Gallagher, Dunne; Hyland, McEvoy, S Brennan (c) (Thornton 73’); Wixted, Griffin, Byrne (G Brennan 73’).

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Derry City: Doherty (c); Schubert (Boyle 64’), McDermott, Barry, Jarvis; Low, Monaghan, McEneff; B McNamee (Holden 79’), Kennedy, Curtis (Daniels 64’).

Referee: Rob Rogers.

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