Tuesday 20 March 2018

Boys take positives from point on travels

DROGHEDA Boys' Under-16A team proved that they are well capable of competing at such a high level as they gained a point from this entertaining clash away to Beggsboro on Sunday morning.

The Boynesiders finished second to their hosts in last year's A1 division and from the start it proved to be a high-tempo affair, with Drogheda carving out some early chances.

However, the swirling wind came into play twice in quick succession as the away keeper was deceived by a high, hanging free kick, before he conceded again - this time direct from a corner kick.

Before half-time, though, there was a turning point as a Beggsboro player lashed out in retaliation after being fouled and was sent off.

With wind advantage in the second half Drogheda soon made it count as Danny Smith became the second player in the match to score direct from a corner.

Beggsboro were now beginning to feel the strain of being down a player and when Drogheda keeper Adam Tuohy's long kickout was tipped on by Ruadhan Walsh into the path of last year's top scorer Andy Lynch he finished sweetly to make it 2-2.

In the latter stages it was all Drogheda, but two loud shouts for a penalty went unanswered and when Walsh was through one-on-one he unselfishly laid off to Lynch who was dispossessed by a defender at the crucial moment just as he went to pull the trigger.

Yet in the end Drogheda could have left the capital with nothing as Beggsboro's striker went clean through on goal, only for Tuohy to spread himself well and make a great save. Time will tell whether this was two points lost for the Boys or one gained.

DROGHEDA BOYS: Adam Tuohy, Ben Sommerville, Reese McEvoy, Ryan Corry, Danny Smith, Sean Birch, Jack Newman,K illian Shevlin, Tiege Caffrey, Andy Lynch, Aaron McKenna, Darren Tiernan, Ruadhan Walsh, Leigh Kierans, Stephen Traynor.

Drogheda Independent