Bohemians continue winning streak as Byrne nets winner against Drogheda
Drogheda United 0 Bohemians 1
DAN Byrne’s 75th-minute headed goal was the difference between the teams at United Park as Bohemians extended their unbeaten run to four games at the expense of Drogheda.
In an otherwise dour first half, the hosts should have gone ahead on 39 minutes when Sean Thornton rolled the ball wide with only keeper Shane Supple to beat after playing a one-two with Stephen Elliott.
Straight after the interval, another slick passing move from the home side ended with Sean Brennan releasing Elliott, but Supple narrowed the angle and managed to block the former Ireland international’s shot.
Then it was Bohemians’ turn to threaten as their skipper Derek Pender made a great run into the box and hit a powerful effort which McGuinness did very well to hold, with Jamie Doyle lurking for any rebound opportunity.
The Gypsies had found another gear at this stage and they finally broke the deadlock on 75 minutes when Bohs’ Kaleem Simon won a free kick out on the left. Lorcan Fitzgerald’s delivery was met by Dan Byrne whose header nestled in the Drogheda net.
DROGHEDA UNITED: McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, McGuigan, Dunne; S Brennan, Hyland, Thornton; McCaffrey, Elliott, G Brennan. Subs: Griffin for S Brennan (79min), Byrne for Elliott (82min), McEvoy for Hyland (82min).
BOHEMIANS: Supple; Pender, Cornwall, Byrne, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Poynton, Ward, Morris, Simon; Doyle. Subs: Brennan for Morris (59min), Gannon for Poynton (78min), Nolan for Ward (90 +3min).
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin)