Cork City 0 Derry City 0
By Paul Connolly
One point from six and no goals is not the start Cork City would have been hoping for at Turner’s Cross but that was the outcome tonight as John Caulfield’s charges had to settle for a share of the spoils.
After a quiet opening quarter, Gearoid Morrissey tested former Cork City goalkeeper, Peter Cherrie who saved comfortably.
Just before the half hour mark, Derry had their first taste of glory but Darren Cole fired high and wide.
Shane Griffin forced the first booking of the match with Michael McCrudden tripping the left back as he marauded forward.
And it was Griffin who almost opened the scoring when his shot after a good run drifted narrowly wide.
The first bit of incisive play had Morrissey finding Griffin again and after beating his man he crossed for Liam Nash whose attempted scissor kick failed to trouble Cherrie.
Early in the second half an Ally Gilchrist effort from 35 yards dipped late and Mark McNulty was forced to tip over.
From the resultant corner, a goalmouth scramble ensued and Cole will be wondering how he didn’t put the visitors in front.
Substitute, Colm Horgan broke away and crossed with Cherrie spilling the ball to Garry Buckley but the goalkeeper recovered well to make a decent save.
With 83 minutes on the clock, a corner had Conor McCarthy skewing wide from 6 yards and despite a few half chances towards the end, neither side did enough to win the game.
Cork City: Mark McNulty, Sean McLoughlin (Colm Horgan 58), Conor McCarthy, Shane Griffin, Dan Casey, Daire O’Connor (James Tilley 58), Gearoid Morrissey, Conor McCormack, Garry Buckley, Karl Sheppard, Liam Nash (Dan Smith 76).
Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Eoin Toal, Ciaron Harkin (Adrian Delap 70), Ally Gilchrist, Ciaran Coll, Darren Cole, Greg Sloggart, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Eoghan Stokes 59), Barry McNamee, David Parkhurst, Michael McCrudden.
Shots on target 5/1, shots off target 4/1, corners 7/7, yellow cards 0/2