Adam Whelan uses his head to grab equaliser for Drogs
Nothing to seperate teams in United Park
Derry City’s Mark Timlin: scored from a stunning free-kick. Photograph: James Crombie
Drogheda United 1-1 Derry City
There was nothing to separate Drogheda united and Derry City as they played out a competitive 1-1 draw at United Park.
Derry opened the scoring on 40 minutes through Mark Timlin’s stunning free-kick though United earned a share of the spoils after Adam Whelan’s second half equaliser.
The visitors had the first shot on goal after five minutes as bright passing between Peter McEleney and Ryan Curran saw the latter test Micheál Schlingermann in goal.
Drogheda, who were struggling in midfield without their usual pairing of Mark Hughes and Sean Thornton, were fortunate that Peter McEleney under hit his attempted chip after he was played through on goal.
The Candystripes eventually took the lead just before the interval as Timlin’s stunning free-kick gave Schlingermann no chance in goal.
Drogheda started the second half strongly and they equalised ten minutes after the break as Joe Gorman’s cross from the left was headed in off the bar by winger Adam Whelan for his second goal in three games.
Derry squandered a guilt-edged chance to take all three points as Dean Jarvis’ cross was met by Curran but the striker dragged his effort wide while Duffy was denied at the death for Drogheda.
Drogheda United: Schlingermann; Daly, Buckley, Byrne, Gorman; Whelan (Brady 77), O’Reilly, Maher, Marks, Brennan (Mulvenna 85); Duffy
Derry City: Doherty; Sharkey, S McEleney, Barry, Jarvis; Curran, Lowry, McNamee, Curtis (G Kelly 84); P McEleney, Timlin
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)