This was a frustrating night for the Hoops as 10 men Derry grabbed all three points from Tallaght Stadium even though the Hoops had led 1-0 and had missed a penalty in the first half.
There was a cautious start to the game with a swirling breeze making it difficult for the players. Baker and Cahill had tried to set up Twigg and Robinson in the opening 15 minutes and Bradleys free-kick was well taken by Derry 'keeper Doherty. The first real action saw Price head just past his own post when defending a cross from Kearney. Doherty then held Bradleys low cross following a corner on 18 minutes. Bradley and Baker exchanged passes on 20 minutes and Bradley went down from Huttons challenge but the Ref. waved play on.
However three minutes later he pointed to the spot when Baker was taken down in the area following good hold-up play by Twigg. Robinson stepped up and sent Doherty the wrong way but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left-hand post. The Hoops found it difficult to get any rhythm into their play following this setback and it took a fine intercepting tackle from Price to deny a Derry attack on 35 minutes.
Baker fired a shot not too far wide from Bermingham's throw-in and two minutes from half-time Referee Hancock sent Clive Delaney off after a second yellow card following a heavy challenge on Robinson. Some late pressure from Rovers forced a corner and a half-chance for Twigg but the visitors defence stood firm.
The Hoops were quick off the mark in the second-half and a great ball from Bradley sent Twigg in on goal but McChrystal took him down just outside the box. Bradley's free-kick hit the target but Doherty saved easily. A good dummy by Twigg on 52 minutes sent Robinson into the area but he failed to see Madden in space and the Derry defence eventually cleared the danger. Price found Bermingham on the hour and his cross was met by Twigg but his shot on the turn went over the bar.
After 66 minutes Bermingham ran at the visitors defence and his cross was met by Twigg who forced the ball into the path of Baker and his first time shot nestled in the corner of the net. Rovers were on top now and when Baker beat Hutton to the ball his cross found Robinson but he fired his shot just wide. The Hoops should have grabbed the second goal of the night when Baker's clever pass found Robinson in the box and he in turn fed substitute O'Connor but his shot went over the bar from close range. The Hoops were made to pay just a minute later when Stewart slipped in at the back post to head home the equaliser.
Rovers hit back immediately and Robinsons free-kick fell to Cahill and his deep cross saw Baker's shot blocked but Madden followed up and went down in the area however the Ref. waved play on. Robinson's long range effort went high and wide with five minutes remaining but the home fans were stunned when Martyn was afforded space outside the box to fire home a fine low shot past Murphy.
Purcell was introduced for Bermingham and he tried his luck from 20 yards in added-on time but his effort failed to hit the target. The visitors held-on for a win that at one stage seemed highly unlikely.