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Bohemians and Drogheda play out stalemate

Darryl Geraghty

With just six points separating the bottom half of the league, another massive three points were up for grabs at a gloriously sunny Dalymount Park this evening.

The first chance of a very even game came in the 20th minute when Shane Supple got down well to save from striker Marc Griffin. Griffin raced clear one on one following a slip by Dan Byrne but his low drive was well saved by Shane Supple.

It was easy to see why both teams are amongst the lowest scorers in the league with both sides opting for the long ball game and failing to create many clear cut efforts but Adam Wixted looked liveliest playing on the right wing for the visitors. The winger had a couple of attempts dangerously cutting in on his left foot but Supple was came out on top of that battle..

Right on the stroke of half time it looked as if the Drogs were about to take the lead until Derek Pender’s goal line clearance. A corner from Sean Brennan was delivered to the back post and Griffin hooked his effort back on goal but the Bohs skipper was on hand to head away.

Referee Lee Evans (insert own joke here) brought the half to an end with the visitors slightly edging play and arguably could have been in front.

Bohs came flying out of the traps in the second half with what must have been the hairdryer treatment from boss Keith Long. Derek Pender delivered a couple of dangerous crosses from the right wing and Sule narrowly missed the target from 30 yards. Keith Ward also went close, following some good work by Lorcan Fitzgeraald across the edge of the box, but his shot from just inside the box was well blocked by McGuigan.

Drogheda held off the onslaught and played their way back into the game but were unable to create that one chance to nick all three points. As expected Bohs finished with a flurry and could have stolen it right at the death, but an excellent goal line clearance from right-back Colm Deasy heading off the line from Corcoran, and a block from the follow up effort by substitute Philly Gannon’s kept the score level.

A draw was pretty much a fair result in a game both teams felt they could have edged but lack of cutting edge in the final third ultimately cost each team a valuable three points in the battle for safety.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton

Subs: Greg Murray, Eoghan Morgan, Philly Gannon, Kaleem Simon, Dean Casey, Jamie Doyle, Dylan Hayes

Drogheda United: Stephen McGuinness, Colm Deasy, Stephen Dunne, Jake Hyland, Marc Griffin, Sean Brennan, Gavin Brennan, Luke Gallagher, Adam Wixted, Ciaran McGuigan, Ryan McEvoy

Subs: Ryan Coulter, Ryan Masterson, Thomas Byrne, Conor Kane, Mark Doyle, Jamie Hollywood, Stephen Elliott

Referee: Lee Evans

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