Cobh Ramblers

Drogheda United

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Saturday, 12th March 2016 | KO: 7:15 pm

St Colman's Park

  • by Robert O'Reilly

    10 man Drogheda United maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they drew 1-1 away to Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park.

    Drogheda took the lead on 34 minutes through a penalty from Sean Thornton but the game swung the way of the visitors on 72 minutes as substitute Liam Donnelly was dismissed before Shane O’Connor scored seconds later to ensure both sides had a share of the spoils.

    Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon made one change from the side that defeated Waterford United last week as Thornton replaced the injured Sean Brennan and it was the former Sunderland man who gave the visitors the lead as he fired low past Paul Hunt following a foul in the penalty area.

    It could have been 2-0 just before the break as Sam O’Connor was played through in behind the Cobh defence and despite just having Hunt to beat, the forward’s strike was straight at the former Longford Town goalkeeper.

    A bright start to the second half saw Drogheda created another goalscoring opportunity as Colm Deasy’s deep cross was met by the head of Eoin Kirwan but last week’s match winner was unable to hit the target.

    Cobh were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men with an hour played as Evan Galvin’s dangerous tackled on Thornton was only punished with a yellow card and yet it was Drogheda who were a man down on 72 minutes as substitute Liam Donnelly was dismissed for a late challenge on Christopher McCarthy only seconds after being introduced.

    A bad couple of minutes for United were compounded as Graham McCarthy’s whipped delivery from the right Ian Mylod who headed the ball back across goal for O’Connor who made no mistake in finishing past Patrick Dunican.

    The visitors did excellently to frustrate Cobh and they will be grateful to Dunican who made a stunning save to deny O’Connor a second with only two minutes remaining as both sides had to settle for a point.

    Drogheda will be aiming to keep pace at the summit of the First Division next week when they face Athlone Town at United Park.

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Match Facts
Date
Saturday, 12th March 2016
Venue
St Colman's Park
Attendance
Referee
Man of the Match
Niall Cooney
Team Lineups
Cobh Ramblers
Drogheda United

Paul Hunt
Graham McCarthy
Andy O’Connell
David Curran (Christopher McCarthy 33)
Ian Mylod
Cian Kingston
Evan Galvin
Jason Abbott
Shane O’Connor
Cory Galvin (Markus Gustavsson 64)
Rob Lehane

Patrick Dunican
Colm Deasy
Luke Gallagher
Niall Cooney
Derek Doyle
Aaron Molloy
Aaron Ashe (Liam Donnelly 70)
Jake Hyland
Sean Thornton
Eoin Kirwan (Mark Doyle 82)
Sam O’Connor (Stephen Dunne 53)

Subs not used

Adam O’Sullivan
Anthony O’Donnell
Eoin McGreevy
Stephen Griffin
Eoghan Daly

Stephen McGuinness
Eoghan Dempsey
Joseph Jackson
Jamie McGlynn

Goal Scorers

Shane O’Connor 73

Sean Thornton (pen) 34

Bookings

7 May 16 02:51 pm

Drogheda United F.C.
@DroghedaUnited

RT @DundalkFC : FT- Dundalk U19 2 @DroghedaUnited U19 0. Good win for the home side who took their chances well. Match report will be online…

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