PSNI's Mark Anderson struck the woodwork in the first half (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Dergview slipped out of the top six following this scoreless home draw with PSNI, a game during which they enjoyed the lions' share of possession.
The visitors almost snatched an early lead when both Ryan Berry and Lukasz Adamczyk failed to make the most of botched clearance.
Having survived that early scare it was Dergview who thereafter called the shots with Duwayne McManus teeing up Ryan Campbell to test PSNI stopper Jordan Williamson with a curling shot.
Campbell had an even better opportunity moments later when played in by Aaron Arkinson but again Williamson got down smartly to save the striker's shot.
In response, the visitors posed a significant threat at the set piece and following a corner Mark Anderson's inswinging cross-shot from the right cannoned off McCusker's far post.
The hosts upped the ante at the beginning of the second half and, after good play by Nathan Cashel on the left, Arkinson laid the ball into the path of striker Kyle Curran whose goalbound shot was deflected wide.
In the next attack McManus and Philip Wallace combined to usher Cashel in on the right but his angled drive was saved by Williamson who was relieved to see fullback Garth Falconer fire his follow-up effort into the side netting.
Dergview kept coming with Williamson saving a Curran snapshot, following a clever touch by Arkinson, who moments later struck a screaming volley which the PSNI 'keeper pushed away from the base of his right post.
The visitors regained penned in their own half as Campbell had another shot blocked in the wake of an excellent counter attack instigated by substitute Jude Ballard.
Fellow replacement Richard Lecky then had a shot diverted wide, after Campbell had turned provider before the visitors threatened to snatch victory with two excellent counter attacks in the dying moments.
On both occasions it was substitute Johnny Courtney who came close to stealing all three points.
On the first occasion the former Ballinamallard United striker was denied by superb block by Mattie Buchanan and shortly afterwards the attacker was somehow chased down by the backtracking Wallace, the defender getting enough on the ball for McCusker to gather safely.
Dergview: McCusker, G. Porter, M. Buchanan, Wray, Falconer, Burns, McManus, Arkinson, Curran, Cashel, Campbell subs S. Porter (not used), Robinson (replaced Burns 73), Ballard (not used), Lecky (replaced Cashel 62), Wallace (replaced G. Porter 38)
PSNI: Williamson, McCullagh, McCrory, McDermott, A. Wright, J. Wright, Anderson, Berry, Adamczyk, Hutchinson, Moody subs Roohi (replaced Hutchinson 70), McWilliams (replaced Moody 81), Courtney (replaced Anderson 73), Harrison (not used)
Referee: Garvin Taggart