Nine-man Limerick foiled
Drogheda United 2 Limerick 2
DECLAN O'Brien rescued a point for Drogheda that they scarcely deserved against nine-man Limerick in an incident-packed match that featured four penalties and two red cards.
Referee Graham Kelly was prominent throughout, sending Limerick manager Stuart Taylor from the dugout for dissent.
Drogheda broke the deadlock inside 10 minutes – David Cassidy's shot struck the hand of Joe Gamble, Kelly pointed to the penalty spot and O'Brien scored.
On the stroke of half-time Limerick levelled when Shane Tracy delivered a superb cross for Aaron Brown to nod home.
The drama continued on the restart, with a second Drogheda penalty after O'Brien tumbled under a challenge from Robbie Williams. Brown was dismissed on a straight red card, and Taylor was sent from the dugout, but O'Brien's spot kick was saved.
Worse was to follow for the Drogs on 57 minutes when Danny Galbraith ghosted into the box and was checked by Michael Daly – another penalty, which Tracy scored.
Kelly brandished another red card, this one to Axel Bossekota following an off-the-ball clash with Cassidy in the 76th minute.
With four minutes left, Kelly awarded yet another penalty and this time O'Brien found the bottom corner to rescue a point.
DROGHEDA – Sava; Gannon, Byrne, Grimes, Hand; Daly (Hynes 64), R Brennan, Cassidy (Rusk 88), O'Conor (Foley 64), G Brennan; O'Brien.
LIMERICK – Ryan; Nzuzi, Brown, Folan, Williams; Tracy, Gamble, O'Leary, Galbraith (McGinn 79); Curran, Bossekota.
Ref – G Kelly (Cork).