Friday’s League of Ireland action saw Derry City and St Patricks Athletic both drop crucial points as UCD’s end of season form continued.
At the Brandywell Derry missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier Division as they had to settle for a point at home to Bray Wanderers. The result, the second time this season that Pat Devlin’s side took a point from the Brandywell, means that Derry now sit in third position, a point behind Sligo and Shamrock Rovers, who have played a game less.
Stephen Kenny will have been concerned with the way his side failed to break down a Bray side that opted for five in midfield, the concern was increased five minutes before half time when Ruaidhri Higgins headed into his own net.
However, Derry’s persistence finally paid off with 16 minutes to go when substitute, Emmet Friars brought his side back into the game however they failed to find a winner and in the end had to settle for a point.
St Patrick’s Athletic missed the chance to close the gap on the top when they were held to a scoreless draw at Bohemians.
Pete Mahon’s side needed a win to stay in touch with Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Derry City however they struggled in the opening 45 minutes to make an impact as Bohs dominated.
An improved second half saw Mahon’s side go close though a Liam Burns effort that was pushed onto the and a disallowed Anto Flood goal however St Pats couldn’t find that elusive winner.
UCD’s strong end of season continued as they recorded their second successive win with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dundalk.
The home side took control of the game 10 minutes before half time when defender David O’Connor scored with a header and four minutes later they were two up through the impressive Paul O’Conor.
Substitute Chris Lyons put the gloss on the score line when he finished the game off with a tap-in in the 77th minute following good work by Dean Clarke.
Derry City 1 Bray 1
Bohemians 0 St Pats 0
UCD 3 Dundalk 0