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Premier Division

  • 9 March 2014
  • • 17:25
  • • Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: P. McLoughlin
  • • Attendance: 3510

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Derry City: Kilduff scores late goal to snatch draw

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Derry City: Kilduff scores late goal to snatch draw

David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Ciaran Kilduff scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to see the Hoops take a share of the spoils at a rain-soaked Tallaght Stadium

Ciaran Kilduff scored a stoppage time equaliser to salvage a disappointing game for Shamrock Rovers after Mark Stewart gave Derry City the lead.

Shamrock Rovers started the brighter of the two sides as a succession of corner kicks were providing the home side the best of chances inside the opening six minutes.

The rain halted the game's progress, and as a result Rovers did not have a proper chance until the end of the half as Robert Bayly swung the ball in from the right hand side, but Roddy Collins got himself right infront of striker Eamon Zayed to prevent the hosts from opening the score.

In bizarre fashion, Derry City found themselves in the lead as Mark Stewart attempted a cross but saw the wind catch the ball and cause it loop over goalkeeper Barry Murphy and into the net.

The goal caused rge tempo to increase, and the football on display improved as a result. A poor clearance allowed former Drogheda United winger Ryan Brennan to find space inside the box, only to see his shot stopped by goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

Gary McCabe was gifted another decent chance as he struck a cracking shot towards goal, but Doherty once again halted the Hoops from equalising.

On the hour mark David O’Connor suffered a horrible ankle injury and he was stretched off the pitch, while Stephen McPhail came on for his Hoops debut.

Despite defending resolutely for 90 minutes, Derry lost the lead three minutes into stoppage time when Ciaran Kilduff headed in after the ball was pumped into the box.

Derry travel back to the Brandywell with just a point despite being the better team for most of the game, while Trevor Croly will be much happier having picked up a point late on.