By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs can count themselves unlucky not to have come away with all three points from Saturday’s encounter in Oriel Park, leading 2-1 until three minutes into added time and missing numerous chances to put the result beyond doubt in a very good second half performance. The Drogs welcomed Sean Trimble back after injury and he added strength to the back four while Gabriel Aghinita came in at left midfield supporting Jordan up front.
As can happen on the artificial turf at Oriel, it took the visitors a few minutes to get the feel for the pace of the ball and it was the home side who put the Drogs under pressure from the kick off and in the 9th minute they took the lead from a swinging free kick from the right which the Drogs failed to clear .After this, the Drogs came into the game with Aghinita making the most of good possession and on 18 minutes William Hondermarck struck a great left footed shot to the corner of the net from outside the box for a great equaliser. The Drogs started to play good football with Jordan Adeyemo’s pace and intelligent running proving a handful for the home attack and when Jordan broke through into the penalty area on 35 minutes the Dundalk keeper, former Drog Harry Hogan, took him down and Adeyemo expertly dispatched the resultant penalty to the corner of the net to give the Drogs a deserved lead, which they held easily until half time.
As the second half progressed, the Drogs held their own and keeper Grace made a good point blank save on 55 minutes to preserve the Drogs lead and punched away a dangerous cross on 63 minutes. William Hondermarck combined with to create a chance on 70 minutes and 5 minutes later Jordan Adeyemeo’s great run saw him one on one with the keeper but he delayed his shot and it was cleared. On 78 minutes, Tom Adeyinke, who had replaced Jordan, misses a similar chance and on 88 minutes Aghhinita shot just over from a great position. As time ran out the home side finally scrambled the ball over the line for the equaliser, but although they were disappointed with the result, they can take great heart from the possession football they played right through the match and it is a portent of much better things ahead when their remaining players return from injury.
Team: Daniel Grace, Dylan Connolly, Leo Tang, Eoin Broughan, Stephen Doran (James Carroll), Sean Trimble, William Hondermark, Jordan Adeyamo ( Tom Adeyinka), Eoin McPhillips (Oisin Proudfoot), Gabriel Aghhinita , Josh Scully,
Subs : Pedro White, Ben Murphy , Luke Neville, Calum Leonard