SOCCER: Derry City have earned a well deserved share of the spoils in a tough physical encounter at The Brandywell against Shamrock Rovers.
Former Derry City gaffer Pat Fenlon returned with his star studded Shamrock Rovers side fully expecting to get maximum points.
Derry have been hit by a recent injury crisis and were heavily defeated by Cork City last weekend at Turner’s Cross.
However, Derry showed great character, spirit and resolve to earn a point against the one of the favourites for the league title with a depleted side.
Rovers huffed and puffed but Derry stood firm and handled everything thrown at them throughout the duration of the game.
Derry were a threat on the counter-attack with Patrick McEleney in particular looking dangerous throughout.
Former Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey was dismissed in the 90th minute for a second bookable offence.
He showed his frustrations as Rovers were unable to break down Derry and was given his marching orders by the referee to add more misery for Rovers.
Peter Hutton will be delighted with the character his players showed after the setback in Cork last week.
They bounced back midweek in the EA sports cup by defeated Sligo and followed it up with a good performance here.