by Robert O'Reilly
Drogheda United moved up to eight in the table after they drew 1-1 with Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Jake Keegan had given the hosts the lead on the stroke of halftime after some kamikaze defending but United earned a point courtesy of Mick Daly’s 70th minute header.
Drogheda manager Johnny McDonnell made four changes from the 4-0 drubbing against Sligo Rovers as Joe Gorman, Stephen Maher, Mark Hughes and Tiarnan Mulvenna all started.
The visitors controlled the early stages and they came close to opening the scoring on 10 minutes when Lee Duffy capitalised on some miscommunication in the Galway box but his low drive was brilliantly stopped by Ger Hanley in the Galway goal.
A cynical foul from Alan Byrne presented Galway with an inviting opportunity but Micheál Schlingermann produced a stunning save to tip David O’Leary’s effort around the post for a corner.
Jason Marks was the next to test Hanley between the sticks as He got on the end of Daly’s cross at the backpost but his drive was well held by the Galway goalkeeper.
Duffy’s movement was causing problems for the Tribesmen defence and he was fouled 20 yards from goal but Sean Thornton failed to hit the target from the resulting set-piece.
Galway hit the front against the run of play when Conor Melody beat Robert O’Reilly in the air and his flick caused confusion in the Drogheda backline with Schlingermann’s clearance being blocked down by Keegan and the striker finished into the empty goal.
United started the second half in a determined manner and Duffy almost brought them level on 50 minutes as he cut in from the left but the impressive Hanley was once again equal to his effort.
Drogheda’s assault on the Galway goal continued and they were eventually rewarded with twenty minutes left to play as Thornton’s deep set-piece into the six yard box was met by the head of Daly who guided the ball into the bottom corner for the equaliser.
The frame of the goal denied the Boynesiders a deserved winner in stoppage time as substitute Robert McKenna’s header clipped the post before going out of play as Drogheda stopped a run of three consecutive defeats.
Drogheda’s league struggles will be put to one side this Friday as they travel to the Brandywell to face Derry City in the FAI Cup.
Lee Duffy (Robert McKenna 85)