Derry City dropped more valuable points in the race for European football as they failed to hold onto a lead against Waterford at the RSC.

Waterford 1

Derry City 1

Derry City seized the initiative early on and took the lead with just 11 minutes on the clock. Barry McNamee and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe combined well to pry open the Waterford defence, with the City captain seeing a shooting opportunity charged down. The hosts could not clear the danger however and when McNamee regained possession he crossed to the back post where Junior was on hand to chest the ball into the net for his tenth goal of the season.

It should have been 2-0 ten minutes later when again Junior and McNamee combined to open up the Waterford defence and with blue shirts floundering, the ball was laid off for the returning David Parkhouse, but he somehow shot over from close range.

The final minutes of the first half where frantic and Waterford grabbed their equaliser less than two minutes before the break when Kavanagh’s cross to the back post met O’Connor who headed past Cherrie from close range to make it 1-1.

Both teams pushed hard in the second half but neither was able to grab a winner with Waterford the happier of the two teams with the draw.

Teams

Waterford: Connor, Lynch, Duggan, Browne, Kougan, O’Connor, Elbouzedi (O’Halloran 70’) Poynton, Bone, Kavanagh, Figueira (Fitzgerald 89’).

Derry City: Cherrie, Coll, McDonagh, Toal, Gilchrist, Gillespie, McCrudden (Delap 89’), McNamee, Bruna (Malone 68’), Parkhouse, Ogedi-Uzokwe (McCauley 62’).

Referee: Neil Doyle.

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