Wednesday 24 January 2018

Keeper the hero as Town take home the spoils

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.

Drogheda Independent

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