AN own goal by St Patrick's Athletic defender Darragh Maguire extended Derry City's unbeaten run to 14 games at Richmond Park last night.
The Saints had been hanging on to a 34th minute goal by striker Chris Armstrong on his home debut but the partisan crowd of 1,300 were denied what would have been a memorable victory.
The recent transfer window allowed John McDonnell the opportunity to strengthen his team and John Frost, Sean O'Connor, Alan Reilly and Armstrong all arrived in Inchicore while former Shels and Newcastle defender Stephen Brennan could be another recruit sooon.
The injection of talent has made a difference and with the tight confines of 'Richer' always an imtimidating venue for visiting teams, Pat's will be formidable over the final third of the season.
Last night they seemed set for a precious win after scoring a stirring goal on 34 minutes.
Following a poor kick-out by Barry Ryan, Darragh Maguire found Robbie Doyle on the left and his excellent diagonal ball picked out Ian Maher whose piercing pass was converted with deadly accuracy by Armstrong from 15 yards.
The 20-year-old former Queen of the South and Stockport County striker joined Pat's last week and his height meant that Derry's 6ft 6ins centre-half Clive Delaney had real aerial competition.
In a tight duel, Pat's were denied a win four minutes from time when Maguire, in a desperate attempt to stop Barry Molloy's pass reaching the unmarked Farren, turned the ball into his own net.
And Derry almost snatched a dramatic victory when Stephen O'Flynn's powerful header was tipped onto the bar by Ryan.