Derry City missed a golden chance to move into top spot of the Premier Division, as they had to settle for a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw against Cork City.

The Brandywell outfit missed many clear cut openings, while Daryl Horgan's wonder goal late on was only Cork's second shot in the game.

It was a lacklustre first-half, in which neither side really created much. Derry went close on 23 minutes, but Gearoid Morrissey’s last ditch sliding tackle denied Rory Patterson.

At the other end Tommy Dunne’s side had a few free-kicks in good positions, but both Colin Healy and Darryl Horgan’s efforts were blocked by the Candystripes wall.

Declan Devine made a tacitcal change at the break when he replaced left-back Dermot McCaffrey with the attack minded Michael Duffy and the switch meant Barry McNamee moved into McCaffrey’s position.

Early in the second half Patrick McEleney caused problems for Cork. His 25-yard pile driver, which had Cork keeper Mark McNulty beaten fizzed just past the up right.

On 62 minutes a Kevin Deery left wing corner was drilled into the near post, but Shane McEleney’s first time header sailed just wide.

Five minutes later Patrick McEleney’s pass found Rory Patterson who broke the offside trap, but while under pressure from Gearoid Morrissey, the league’s leading marksman saw his well-hit drive superbly kept out by McNulty.

Soon after Patrick McEleney missed a golden chance as the Brandywell side started to up the ante. This time substitute Michael Duffy saw his deflected left wing cross find the midfielder, who was bursting into the box, but his first time header from close range flashed wide.

Minutes later a Duffy pass picked out an unmarked Patterson, but his close range shot was deflected wide by the back tracking Gary Buckley.

On 78 minutes a Patterson free-kick from the left hand side of the box was only pushed out by McNulty back into the six yard box, but Duffy’s follow up shot was straight at the Cork net-minder.

The deadlock was broken on 83 minutes when Barry Molloy’s poor defensive header fell perfectly for Darryl Horgan 25-yards from goal and his curling effort sailed over the flat footed Gerard Doherty and into the net.

To their credit the home side levelled things in some what fortunate circumstances when John Dunleavy’s back pass only found the alert Patterson and he made no mistake sliding the ball past the out-rushing McNulty.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Simon Madden, Ryan McBride (Michael Rafter 78), Shane McEleney, Dermot McCaffrey (Michael Duffy HT); Patrick McEleney, Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Kevin Deery, Barry McNamee; Rory Patterson.

Substitutes: Stewart Greacen, Ryan Curran, Conall Kelly, Josh Tracey,  James Gallagher.

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Neal Horgan, Gary Buckley, Darren Dennehy, Danny Murphy; Darryl Horgan, John Dunleavy, Colin Healy, Shane Duggan, Gearoid Morrissey; Danny Morrissey.

Substitutes: Ian Turner, Darryl Kavanagh, Adam Rundle, Kalen Spillane, Brian Lenihan, Stephen Kenny, Kevin Burns.