Keeper the hero as Town take home the spoils
Published 09/04/2014 | 05:28
DEAN Carroll and 'keeper Nathan Murray were the heroes as Drogheda Town claimed victory in this NDSL Under-18 Cup tie in the capital on Sunday.
It took only two minutes for the away side to break the deadlock, DJ Smyth heading past the Park keeper from a cross by Kieran Bowes, and barely 60 seconds later Andy Sullivan doubled Drogheda's lead when they forced a corner and he headed in from Dean Fitzpatrick's delivery.
At that stage it seemed that the goals would come thick and fast for Drogheda, but a minute later Park were right back in it when poor defending and a lack of concentration resulted in a shot from outside the box that gave Murray no chance.
Smyth was unlucky not to get on the end of a brilliant pass from Georgie Histoloff as Town looked for a response, while Daniel Rothwell fired just wide from a free kick following a foul on Brandon Sullivan.
Yet Murray was called upon to make a super save just before half-time, which came with Drogheda still leading 2-1.
In the second half Drogheda seemed to lack the sharpness they possessed earlier in the game and it was not surprise when Park levelled at 2-2, with the visitors' defence failing to clear their lines.
Carroll would have the final say, finding a way to the net from a great Conor Tully pass, although Murray was still required to pull off a fingertip save to preserve Drogheda's lead right at the death.