Marsh Crescent and Harps share spoils
MDL DIVISION 1: LOCAL RIVALS Boyne Harps and Drogheda Marsh Crescent met for the first time this season at a wet and wintery Meadowview on Sunday morning.
In what was a keenly contested match throughout neither side was able ot break the deadlock.
Both teams were sitting in mid table beforehand, albeit with games in hand on the leading pack, so this was an ideal chance for one to make up ground with a victory.
However, as so often happens in derby matches, the game produced little by way of clear-cut chances.
The first opportunity of the game fell to Manny Smith who turned and fired a shot across the goalmouth after ten minutes.
DMC responded and carved out the best chance of the game when Daniel Darby put Robbie Daly through on goal but Bryan Smith pulled off a superb save to turn the ball wide for a corner.
Harps best chance of the match came on the half hour when Colin Rafferty's cross was taken down by Luke Traynor who's shot was brilliantly saved by an alert Alex Reilly.
The second half saw DMC enjoy the majority of possession and they forced Boyne into conceding a number of corners which were defended superbly. Richie Dooley curled a terrific shot from 25 yards out which Smith tipped around the post and Dale Thornton was through on goal only to be denied by a last ditch tackle from Shane Kierans.
The match was played in good spirit throughout and referee Joe Dyas deseves special mention for letting the game flow without any incidents arising.