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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 21, 2014
Venue: United Park
Att: 1,023
TV:

Michael Daly 46' -
Scored: 46'


Scored: 75'
- Cliff Byrne 75'



League Report: Drogheda Utd 1 - 1 Derry City

Sat, Mar 22 2014

Credit: Larry McQuillan

It was a case of honours even at United Park as Drogheda United held Derry City to a 1-1 draw to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. 

 

Michael Daly opened the scoring for the home side shortly after the interval but sustained pressure from the Candystripes was finally rewarded when Cliff Byrne fired Derry level with 15 minutes left to play.

 

Drogheda came close to opening the scoring early on as a 35-yard free kick from Eric Foley went narrowly wide. 

 

Despite that effort, the visitors largely dominated the first half and Michael Duffy drifted past three Drogheda defenders on 18 minutes only for David Ryan to deflect his goal bound effort onto the crossbar. 

 

Derry squandered another chance to take the lead a couple of moments later when a cross from the industrious Mark Stewart found the head of Rory Patterson but the striker wasn’t able to hit the target. 

 

The final goalmouth action of the first half fell to City again as a corner kick from the right was completely missed by David Ryan but his blushes were saved by a covering Drogheda defender.

 

Just as they did against Dundalk, the Boynesiders started the second half in devastating fashion. Within the first minute the home side earned a corner kick, which was knocked back into the path of Michael Daly and the defender hooked the ball past Ciaran Gallagher to give United a surprise lead. 

 

The visitors should have leveled ten minutes later as a lightning quick counter attack resulted in Duffy crossing for Stewart at the back post but the winger’s effort was only parried by Ryan with goal scorer Daly again clearing off the line. 

 

It seemed like Derry would regret their numerous missed chances as Stewart’s pinpoint delivery from the right picked out the unmarked Patterson from 8 yards out but last season’s top goal scorer failed to test Ryan. 

 

The Candystripes deservedly drew level on 75 minutes. A Duffy corner caused havoc in the Drogheda box as Ryan fumbled the ball and Derry captain Byrne fired low and hard into the net. 

 

The visitors pushed for a winner late on but it was to no avail as City manager Roddy Collins still awaits his first win in charge. 

 

 

Drogheda United: David Ryan; Michael Daly, Alan McNally, Ciaran McGuigan, Shane Grimes; Carl Walshe (Austin McCann 76), Eric Foley, Daire Doyle (Stephen Maher 62), Gavan Holohan, Cathal Brady; Gary O’Neill. 
Subs Not Used: Dylan Connolly, Ciaran O’Connor, Paul Andrews.

Bookings: Foley (31).

 

 

Derry City: Ciaran Gallagher; Roddy Collins, Cliff Byrne, Aaron Barry, Dean Jarvis; Mark Stewart, Barry Molloy, Danny Ventre, Michael Duffy; Rory Patterson, Enda Curran (Patrick McEleney 46). 
Subs Not Used: Mark Timlin, Shane McEleney, Tony McNamee, David Elebert, Raymond Foy, Ryan Curran.

Bookings: C Byrne (45), Patterson (61), Barry (63), Ventre (70).

 

 

Referee: Robert Rogers

Attendance: 1,023

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Mark Stewart (Derry City)

 



Drogheda United
Dave Ryan
Goalkeeper
Alan McNally
Defender
CiarĂ¡n McGuigan
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Michael Daly
46Scored: 46'
Defender
Carl Walshe
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Midfielder
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
Eric Foley
31Booked: 31'
Midfielder
Daire Doyle
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Midfielder
Cathal Brady
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Forward

Substitutes
Ciaran O'Connor
Defender
Austin McCann
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Midfield
Stephen Maher
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Midfield
Dylan Connolly
Goalkeeper
Paul Andrews
Defender
Derry City
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Dean Jarvis
Defender
63Booked: 63'
Roddy Collins Jnr
Defender
Cliff Byrne
Defender
45Booked: 45'
75Scored: 75'
Aaron Barry
Defender
Danny Ventre
Midfielder
70Booked: 70'
Mark Stewart
Midfielder
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
Forward
61Booked: 61'
Enda Curran
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'

Substitutes
Mark Timlin
Midfield
Tony McNamee
Midfield
Patrick McEleney
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Shane McEleney
Defender
Raymond Foy
Midfield
David Elebert
Defender
Ryan Curran
Forward


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