League of Ireland Premier Division: Derry City hit by late Dundalk equaliser

By Niall KeenanBBC Sport NI
James Akintunde celebrates scoring the opening goal for Derry City

Derry City were denied all three points at the death as they drew 1-1 with Dundalk at Oriel Park.

James Akintunde gave the Candystripes an early lead inside 12 minutes while Ryan O'Kane went close to equalising for the home side.

In the dying embers Patrick Hoban's header drew the sides level.

Dundalk remain second in the Premier Division table, two points ahead of Ruaidhri Higgins' side, who have one game in hand.

Both sides returned to league action after comfortable FAI Cup victories split by just two points in the table.

The Lilywhites had won nine consecutive home matches in the league and were unbeaten on their own patch heading into Friday night's game.

However, they were staring at defeat for most of the night when Akintunde forged the visitors in front inside 12 minutes.

He powered his way into the area before checking back onto his left foot and squeezing the ball past Nathan Shepperd.

Declan Glass could have doubled the Candystripes' advantage but for a smart stop from Shepperd.

Before the break, the outstretched Ryan O'Kane had a great chance to bring the sides level but his effort was thwarted by Derry shot-stopper Brian Maher.

The away side had recorded three straight league wins before their trip to Oriel Park but Hoban and Sam Bone both went close in the second period as Dundalk pushed for the equaliser.

Derry hold the best away record in the division and were denied a ninth victory on their travels at the death.

Hoban's late intervention forced Higgins' men into settling for a point just like on the opening night of the season when the teams played out a 2-2 draw at the same venue.

The Foylesiders remain two points shy of their opponents albeit having played a game less and still sit with just one win in 18 meetings at Oriel Park since 2013.

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