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Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2014
Venue: United Park
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Gavan Holohan 28' -
Scored: 28'


Scored: 90'
- Ian Sweeney 90' + 3'



League Report: Drogheda United 1 - 1 Athlone Town

Fri, Sep 05 2014

Bottom of the table Athlone Town scored a dramatic stoppage time equaliser as they earned a pivotal point away to Drogheda United on Friday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division.

 

The home side had taken the lead through in-form midfielder Gavan Holohan just before the half hour mark but the basement club refused to give in and were eventually rewarded through Ian Sweeney’s 93rd minute strike.

 

Drogheda made one enforced change from the side that won convincingly away to Limerick last week as Paul Andrews replaced Ciaran McGuigan at the heart of United’s defence while Kevin Long selected the same eleven that held Cork City 2-2 at Lissywollen last Friday.

 

Persistent rain throughout the night made the pitch perfect for passing football but the ball spent much of the opening stages in the air as neither side were able to string a consecutive number of passes together.

 

The visitors had the first shot in anger of 14 minutes as former Drogheda player Sean Brennan picked up the ball on the halfway line and he advanced to the edge of the box unchallenged but the winger’s 22 yard drive went wide of Micheál Schlingermann’s far post.

 

Athlone looked the hungrier in the opening stages as Philly Gorman was only inches away from connecting with Kevin Knight’s left wing cross but they were made to rue their missed chances.

 

Gary O’Neill, who has been in fine form of late, cut inside on the left wing and released Cathal Brady in behind the full back and the pacy winger cut the ball back for the onrushing Holohan who notched his fourth goal in his last three games.

 

While that strike came against the run of play, Athlone regained control of the game for the remainder of the half. Within seconds of each other, both Gorman and John Mulroy got in behind the Drogheda backline though neither striker managed to test the home side’s goal.

 

The Town ought to have levelled on the stroke of halftime as Athlone quickly countered a Drogheda corner as Brennan picked out Mulroy on the edge of the box who expertly dummied for Kealan Dillon only for the former Hull man to fail to hit the target from 18 yards much to the shock of the crowd.

 

A serious injury to Mulroy took some of the pace out of the game in an error strewn second period though it was the relegation candidates that continued to create and squander chances.

 

Gorman headed wide from Alan Byrne’s pinpoint delivery before James O’Brien’s introduction gave Athlone’s play a different dimension with the midfielder bringing an impressive save out of the Drogheda goalkeeper within minutes of his introduction.

 

Schlingermann was called into action once again as he denied Dillon following some kamikaze defending from a United side that looked to be stumbling over the finish line for their fourth win on the bounce.

 

There was to be one final twist in the tale as a high ball into the box from Eric Foley was only half-cleared by the Drogheda defence as Sweeney struck a sweet half-volley into the bottom corner of the net for a well deserved share of the spoils.

 

The draw brings Athlone to within three points of UCD in the relegation playoff position with six games to play while Drogheda will know that a marked improvement will be required ahead of next week’s season defining FAI Cup quarter-final clash against Derry City.

 

 

Drogheda United: Micheál Schlingermann; Daire Doyle, Alan McNally, Paul Andrews, Shane Grimes; Mick Daly, Peter McGlynn (Stephen Maher 89), Gavan Holohan, Garreth Brady (Paul Crowley 86) Cathal Brady; Gary O’Neill (Declan O’Brien 66)
Subs not used: Ciaran O’Connor, Roy Kierans, Dylan Connolly, Adam Wixted.

Booked: Peter McGlynn (43), Michael Daly (72), Garreth Brady (75)

 

Athlone Town: Ryan Coulter; Kevin Knight, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Brian Shortall; Ian Sweeney, Kealan Dillon (Dean Ebbe 85), Mark Hughes (Eric Foley 68), Sean Brennan; John Mulroy (James O’Brien 53), Philly Gorman.
Subs not used: Paul Skinner, Dylan Hayes, Thomas Mulroney, Derek Doyle.

Booked: Mark Hughes (32), Sean Brennan (96)

 

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: 950 (Estimate)

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Ian Sweeney (Athlone Town)

 

 



Drogheda United
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Paul Andrews
Defender
Daire Doyle
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Cathal Brady
Midfielder
Gareth Brady
75Booked: 75'
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Midfielder
Michael Daly
72Booked: 72'
Midfielder
Gavan Holohan
28Scored: 28'
Midfielder
Peter McGlynn
43Booked: 43'
89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Dylan Connolly
Goalkeeper
Paul Crowley
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Midfield
Roy Kierans
Defender
Stephen Maher
89'
89Subbed On: 89'
Midfield
Declan O'Brien
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
Forward
Ciaran O'Connor
Defender
Adam Wixted
Midfield
Athlone Town
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Kevin Knight
Defender
Alan Byrne
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Brian Shortall
Defender
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
32Booked: 32'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Kealan Dillon
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Declan Brennan
Midfielder
Ian Sweeney
Midfielder
90Scored: 90'
Philip Gorman
Forward
John Mulroy
Forward 53'
53Subbed Off: 53'

Substitutes
Dylan Hayes
Defender
Eric Foley
Midfield
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
Dean Ebbe
Forward
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Derek Doyle
Midfield
Thomas Mulroney
Midfield
James O'Brien
Midfield
53Subbed On: 53'
53'
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper


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