Saturday 24 March 2018

Luckless Under-19s left licking their wounds after latest defeat

LUCK wasn't on Drogheda United's side as a missed penalty cost them dear in Monday night's National Under-19 Elite Division clash at the Carlisle Grounds.

The Boynesiders, who picked up their first league point of the season in their previous outing against UCD a fortnight ago, made a bright start and hit the front on 20 minutes courtesy of Tom Reilly's well-struck volley from 18 yards.

Bray got back on level terms on 35 minutes, however, but shortly after Drogheda had a great opportunity to restore their lead when Ryan Burns was bundled over in the box by one of the Bray full-backs.

Burns dusted himself down to take the resulting penalty but scuffed his effort which hit the post.

The Seagulls then rubbed salt in the youngster's wounds by grabbing a lead goal right on the stroke of half-time.

The second half proved an open, entertaining affair, and Drogheda thought they'd snatched a hard-earned point, only to be thwarted by the match officials.

Ciaran Cluskey-Kelly diverted the ball to the net at the far post from a training-ground free kick move, only to have the strike ruled out because another player was given offside.

Drogheda Under-19s continue their pursuit of a first league victory next Tuesday night when they host second-placed Shamrock Rovers at Hunky Dorys Park.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Jamie Douglas, Dean Burke, Roy Kierans, Ciaran O'Connor, Ciaran Cluskey-Kelly, Dominic Mahon, Ryan Burns, Dale Harding, Dean Cregan, Robbie Cashman, Tom Reilly. Subs: Daniel Murray, Cormac O'Neill, Cian Fitzpatrick, Evan Farrell, James Burke, Jordan Harmon.

•Drogheda United have been drawn against neighbours Dundalk in the first round of the Under-19 Cup.

Shaun Maher's Elite Division side will face the Lilywhites, who ply their trade in the Northern Division, the weekend after next at Oriel Park.

Drogheda Independent