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The Lilywhites had to settle for a share of the spoils from tonight’s meeting with Derry City.

Dundalk 0
Derry City 0

Caoimhín Reilly reports from Oriel Park

FOR THE THIRD time in two seasons, Dundalk and Derry City shared the spoils at Oriel Park — this following tonight’s stalemate which saw Stephen Kenny’s hosts draw for the first time this season.

However, it could so easily have been a defeat for the champions, with Derry coming close on several occasions after half-time, most notably when Ronan Curtis shot into the side netting in added time.

Dundalk had gone into the game on the back of two comprehensive wins — over Sligo Rovers and Limerick respectively — as Kenny named the same starting XI for the third week consecutively.

He watched his side dominate the opening 45 minutes, but they lacked invention in attack despite holding much of the possession.

Dane Massey had Dundalk’s only meaningful effort on target in the opening half, and indeed the entire game, on eight minutes when Ger Doherty grasped his venomous strike at the second attempt.

Paddy Barrett and Chris Shields had other efforts for the Lilywhites, but the sides went to the break goalless.

Having weathered whatever Dundalk had to offer for the best part of an hour, Derry began to nudge forward, creating the game’s best chances over the final half an hour.

Robbie Benson was forced to take Seán Hoare’s wayward clearance off the line and Barry McNamee’s goalbound effort was blocked superbly by Niclas Vemmelund, before Nathan Boyle shot into the side netting having outmuscled Hoare.

It looked destined to finish level, and it did, but only after Gary Rogers anxiously watched Curtis’ late drive ripple the side netting.

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Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Niclas Vemmelund, Paddy Barrett, Seán Hoare, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Stephen O’Donnell, 74), Robbie Benson; Michael Duffy, Patrick McEleney (Ciaran Kilduff, 66), Jamie McGrath; David McMillan (Thomas Stewart, 79).

Derry City: Ger Doherty; Harry Monaghan, Conor McDermott, Aaron Barry, Dean Jarvis; Aaron McEneff, Nicky Low; Lukas Schubert (Josh Daniels, 75), Barry McNamee, Ronan Curtis; Nathan Boyle (Mark Timlin, 79).

Referee: Neil Doyle.

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