A goalless draw against local rivals Derry City was enough to edge Finn Harps off the bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table, leapfrogging Cork City.

Ollie Horgan will be glad off the point in an encounter of few chances.

Barry McNamee, the former Derry captain, was involved in two of the better ones in the first half.

Firstly, McNamee played in Karl O'Sullivan from a choreographed move but hisdelivery was headed just wide by Alexander Kogler.

Then McNamee pinched possession and set Kolger away only for Eoin Toal to make an excellent tackle.

At the other end, Oluwaseun Akintunde almost broke the deadlock for the visitors but he fired wide from just six yards out after getting on the end of a Walter Figueira cross. The same player was just off the mark at the start of the second half, with a shot that flew just wide.

In a north-west derby with a difference due to the current situation and the sunshine and silence. Harps almost won the previous meeting of the sides in March only for Adam Liddle to strike an injury-time leveler.

Harps almost broke the deadlock when Kogler was slipped in by McNamee, but Peter Cherrie saved well in the Derry goal. The home team were pushing the most and Cherrie made a fine save from Mark Russell, who latched onto a lay-off by substitute Tony McNamee.

Finn Harps: McGinley; Webster, McEleney, Folan, Todd; O’Sullivan, R.Harkin (Donnellan h-t), B.McNamee (G Harkin 90), Russell (Serrant-Green 80); Connolly (T McNamee 67), Kogler (Foley 80).

Derry City: Cherrie; McJannet, Toal, Cole, Coll; Malone (Horgan 80), Harkin, McCormack, Mallon; Figueira (Hammill 75), Akintunde (Meite 64).

Referee: Ben Connolly.