Carl Walshe ends Drogheda’s dismal losing run
Bohemians left to rue a host of missed opportunities
Drogheda’s Daire Doyle: got the winner against Bohemians to end his side’s losing sequence. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Drogheda United 1 Bohemians 0
Drogheda staged something of a smash-and-grab raid on home turf last night as they overcame Bohemians to end a six-match losing run.
Bohs almost took the lead after just two minutes when Karl Moore’s shot was headed off the line by Daire Doyle.
Drogheda almost went one better three minutes later when Cathal Brady’s shot from a tight angle trickled along the goal-line before coming back off the inside of the post. Brady picked up an injury minutes later and was replaced by Declan O’Brien.
After an even opening 20 minutes, Bohs started to gain control of the midfield sector with Patrick Kavanagh and Moore causing the Drogheda defence some problems. The best chance of the half came on 35 minutes. First Anto Murphy’s shot from 20 yards was well tipped over by an alert David Ryan, and from the resulting corner Jason Byrne somehow scooped his shot over the bar from six yards.
Bohs’dominance continued in the second-half and with Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy and Kavanagh to the fore in midfield, they created a host of chances. Karl Moore and Stephen Beattie both went close with shots from distance, before Jason Byrne missed two gilt-edged headed chances on 60 and 63 minutes.
Drogheda finally lifted the siege when Eric Foley’s shot was beaten away by Dean Delaney on 66 minutes. Four minutes later Carl Walshe got what proved to be the winner for Robbie Horgan’s side when he picked up Stephen Beattie’s loose pass and fired a shot low into the left corner.
Bohs pressed for an equaliser but they were unable to create any further clear-cut chances, leaving Drogheda to savour a most welcome if hard-fought win.
DROGHEDA UNITED: Ryan, Daly, McGuigan, Crowley, Grimes, Brady (O’Brien 10), Holohan, Doyle, Walshe, Foley, O’Neill.
BOHEMIANS: Delaney, Beattie, Price, Byrne, Pender (Reynor 21), Murphy (Devaney 73), Mulcahy, McEvoy (Walsh 80), Moore, Kavanagh, Byrne.
Referee: Rob Harvey