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O'Neill rescues late point for Drogs at Dalymount

The Drogheda United striker equalised with seconds remaining after Bohemians had gone in front early on.

Goalscorer Gary O'Neill (file photo).
Goalscorer Gary O'Neill (file photo).
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Bohemians 2 – 2 Drogheda United

THE HISTORY BOOKS will read Dinny Corcoran got the opener for Bohemians in their 2-2 draw with Drogheda United at Dalymount Park but the goal was all about Craig Walsh.

Supplier, Walsh, sent in a pass to open up Drogheda that would have left Xavi & Andres Iniesta drooling.

The former UCD man had his ‘star man’ title whipped off him in injury time, however, when Gary O’Neill netted his second of the night to equalise and break the hearts of Bohemians fans.

Just after 15 minutes of play, Walsh received a pass on the left hand side, took it down with one touch and sent a delightful pass that sailed over the heads of the Drogheda defence.

Corcoran, who again excelled for Bohemians in the lone striker role, latched onto Walsh’s pass to then cooly slot home past the helpless opposition keeper Dave Ryan.

It went from bad to worse for Drogheda just before the half hour mark when Corcoran was brought down in the box after a reckless tackle by Ciaran McGuigan.

Corcoran then stepped up to and slotted home the penalty to leave Drogheda with an uphill battle.

But, as the saying goes, opportunity is born out of adversity and the Drogheda strikers duly took note of that when frontman O’Neill took advantage of a sleeping Bohs defence.

A mix-up between keeper Dean Delany and the backline allowed O’Neill to nip in between the centre backs and slide the ball past with the tightest of angles in front of him.

​Drogheda almost drew level before half-time when a free-kick from midfielder Eric Foley meant Bohemians had to be at their best to defend it.

And they started the second half brightly with Robbie Horgan’s words ringing in their ears.

Cathal Brady almost gave his side something to cheer about when he rushed down the right wing but a cross he tried was skewed and it came to nothing.

The visitors were rewarded for their relentess play up front when the returning O’Neill stole a point right at the death.

With a minute remaining, O’Neill got on the end of a corner to edge home a strike and leave the home crowd stunned.

BOHEMIANS: Delany, Pender (C), Memery, Lopes, Price, Corcoran (Byrne, 77), Kavanagh (Traynor, 67), McEvoy, Devaney, Beattie, Walsh. Substitutes: Buckley, Traynor, D Byrne, J Byrne, McCabe, Reynor, Murphy.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Ryan, Daly (C), Grimes, Andrews, McNally, Brady, O’Neill. McGuigan, Walshe (O’Brien, 77), Doyle (Maher, 68), Foley (Holohan, 68). Substitutes: Crowley, Holohan, McCann, O’Brien, O’Connor, Maher, Connolly.

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