Limerick FC ended their eight-game losing streak when they drew 0-0 with Derry City in the Brandywell on Friday night.
It was Limerick’s first clean sheet of the season and the point gained was their first since early May.
Derry have endured a slump in form in recent weeks and have fallen to 11th in the table, just one place above Limerick. However ten points separate the sides.
Limerick made five changes from the side that lost 4-2 to Galway last weekend with new goalkeeper, Bermuda international Freddie Hall, making his league debut.
Derry were on top in the opening half but couldn’t make their chances count and had two goals ruled out for offside. Limerick got to the break level and in a poor second half, neither side could make a breakthrough.
Limerick had claims for a penalty late on when Sean Russell went down in the box but Derry missed an even later chance and the sides had to be content with a draw.
Limerick aren’t back in action now until Saturday, August 1, when they host Sligo Rovers in the Markets Field. The following week they are at home to Bohemians.
DERRY CITY: Ger Doherty, Rob Cornwall, Ryan McBride ©, Shane McEleney, Dean Jarvis, Stephen Dooley (Ronan Curtis 77), Philip Lowry, Barry McNamee, Mark Timlin, Patrick McEleney (Mark Quigley 81), Ryan Curran (Cillian Morrison 85). Booked: None. Unused Subs: Shaun Patton (GK), Joshua Daniels, Séamus Sharkey, Aaron Barry.
LIMERICK: Freddie Hall, Paul O’Conor, Aidan Price, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy, Ross Mann (Prince Agyemang HT), Jason Hughes (Lee-J Lynch 71), Shane Duggan ©, Ian Turner, Seán Russell, Dean Clarke. Booked: None. Unused Subs: Tommy Holland (GK), Seán Harding, Vinny Faherty, Darragh Rainsford, Paudie O’Connor.
REFEREE: Paul Tuite (Dublin)