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Drogs frustrated as Byrne rescues draw for Derry

Derry City travelled home from Drogheda with a fully deserved point after battling a 1-1 draw.

And yet, despite the lateness of their captain Cliff Byrne's equaliser, there will be a sense of regret that they didn't get more.

Just when it looked like being one of those nights, fortune shone on them – Byrne scoring a 75th-minute goal after Drogheda goalkeeper David Ryan made a bad mistake.

As the ball dropped, Byrne showed admirable composure to control it with his chest before firing it home.

You fancied Derry to go on and win the game. And they nearly did so two minutes later when Rory Patterson angled his run to get in behind the Drogheda defence, from where he struck a low shot beyond Ryan and into the net. Yet it was ruled offside.

Drogheda, in contrast, were more efficient with their conversion rate and took the lead in the 47th minute. Michael Daly took advantage of poor Derry defending to convert.

UCD's Ayman Ben Mohamad gave the Students their first win of the season, 2-1, despite a late fightback from Athlone Town at the UCD Bowl.

Robbie Creevy broke the deadlock when he rose highest to glance Chris Mulhall's excellent free-kick beyond Paul Skinner in the Athlone goal 10 minutes before the break.

Ben Mohamad scored the decisive goal four minutes after the break.

Philly Gorman's header gave Athlone hope of mounting a comeback.

Cork City were comfortable winners over Bray at Turner's Cross. Leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to John Kavanagh's goal, Billy Dennehy doubled the lead from the spot and Garry Buckley wrapped things up late on.

David Scully's late Bray goal was a consolation.


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