Rovers salvaged a point thanks to a late late header from Ciaran Kilduff just as it looked like the Candystripes would take all the points following Mark Stewarts fortuitous goal in this opening game of the season.
Rovers started well with Eamon Zayed whipping in an early cross that caused problems and this was followed by a couple of corners that 'keeper Dohert had to deal with.
However this early start soon fizzled out and the game became scappy with Rovers relying on the long ball to the two forwards and Derry content to sit back and play on the counter-attack.
When David O'Connor failed to clear on 9 minutes it let Enda Curran in with a chance to shoot but fortunately he rushed his effort and dragged his shot wide. On 18 minutes a nice move involving Zayed, Waters and Bayly ended when Ryan Brennan's first time cross went behind Kilduff.
The rest of the half was patchy with little in the way of good passing or goalmouth opportunities. Barry Murphy was called on to punch away a decent cross on 29 minutes and David O'Connor was also on hand 6 minutes later to head clear Aaron Barry's cross. Right on the whistle the Hoops created an opening when Bayly picked out Cornwall on the right and his cross was attacked by Zayed but a defender got in first to clear.
[GOAL 0:1 - 48th min.] As the rain fell at the beginning of the second-half it got worse for Rovers when the impressive Mark Stewart raided down the right and his cross took a deflection off Luke Byrne and looped over Barry Murphy and into the top left-hand corner of the net.
The Hoops almost hit back on 52 minutes when Zayed did well to get on the end of Rob Cornwall's quick throw-in and his hooked cross fell to Ryan Brennan in the box but Doherty was well placed to beat away his shot. Cornwall set up Gary McCabe in space on 58 minutes but Doherty stretched to tip his fine shot over the bar. David O'Connor received a bad leg injury on 64 minutes and had to be replaced by Jason McGuinness.
On 68 minutes Eamon Zayed knocked the ball into the area and as Kilduff tried to get to the ball he collided with 'keeper Doherty but Derry were able to clear the danger. Ryan McBride was dealing with everything that Rovers could throw at the Derry defence and he denied Kilduff as he chased a long ball on 73 minutes. Jason McGuinness did find Kilduff in the area on 78 minutes but his looping header went over the bar.
Rovers were struggling to get behind the Derry rearguard and the visitors were dangerous on the counter-attack and with three minutes remaining Barry Murphy had to be quick off his line to deny susbstitute Rory Patterson. Good play by Rob Cornwall saw him cross to the edge of the area but Stephen McPhail's shot missed the target. In the 90th minute Patterson beat McGuinness and ran in to the area but his well struck shot was saved by Murphy at the second attempt.
[GOAL 1:1 - 90+4 min.] In the fourth of six minutes of added-on time another Rovers attack was cleared by the Derry defence and the ball fell to Ryan Brennan on the right edge of the box and his clever cross to the back post was met by Cirarn Kilduff who cushioned his header into the far corner of the net.