Mark Picking's late equaliser earned Linfield a 1-1 draw in the club's first visit to the Brandywell in 36 years.
William Murphy was in action for Linfield at the Brandywell
However, the occasion was marred after the game when six Linfield supporters buses were stoned by several youths.
Derry dominated the first half and went ahead in the 10th minute through an Alan Murphy penalty.
New signing Brian Cash and Gary Beckett missed further great chances for Derry and Linfield's second half improvement was rewarded by Picking's late strike.
Cash's first chance came after he was set up by Beckett in the fifth minute but Linfield goalkeeper Greg Shannon made a fine save.
For the penalty, Killian Brennan was fouled in the box by Linfield's Barry Spence in the 10th minute and Murphy made no mistake from the spot to put Derry ahead.
Cash then had another great chance but he nodded a backpost header wide.
Gary Beckett missed another great chance moments later as Derry continued to dominate against a below-strength Blues line-up minus the likes of Alan Mannus, Noel Bailie, Peter Thompson, Michael Gault and Glenn Ferguson.
Linfield improved in the 15 minutes before half-time without creating any real chances and Derry led 1-0 at the interval.
As the Blues improved after the break, Shea Campbell broke clear in the 61st minute but Derry goalkeeper David Forde saved with his legs.
Gary Beckett had a chance for Derry three minutes later but shot over the bar.
Blues goalkeeper Shannon made his second fine save of the game when he denied goalscorer Murphy 17 minutes from time.
Linfield levelled seven minutes from time with Mark Picking hammering in a great shot from 16 yards after Derry had failed to clear following a Blues corner.