Friday 15 December 2017

In Brief: 10-man UCD edge Drogheda

David McMillan won and converted an 82nd-minute penalty to give UCD a hard-fought 1-0 win over Drogheda United at the UCD Bowl.

The Students began the brighter and were almost in front within two minutes after Michael Leahy's header was cleared off the line by left-back Philip Hand.

The game sprang to life in the 72nd minute when UCD centre-back David O'Connor was shown the red card for a professional foul on Alan Byrne. Drogheda had the momentum but a Brian Gannon header cleared off the line was as close as they could manage before that penalty blow.

Dundalk strike for late point

Dundalk's long search for a league win continued at Oriel Park last night after a 2-2 draw with Bohs.

Stephen Maher put them ahead on 26 minutes, winning possession outside the Bohemians box and slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 14 yards.

But goals by Evan McMillan on 47 minutes and substitute Daniel Corcoran on 75 minutes overturned the lead, only for young substitute Bob McKenna to spare the home side their eighth successive defeat as he turned in John Mountney's low cross five minutes from the end.

Derry just too hot for Hoops

Goals from Stephen McLaughlin, Rory Patterson and Barry McNamee gave Derry City a 3-1 win success over Shamrock Rovers -- their second win in the capital in four days.

Having beaten Shelbourne in Wednesday's FAI Cup semi-final replay, the Candystripes steamrolled over a poor Rovers side at Tallaght Stadium last night.

McLaughlin headed past Oscar Jansson in the Rovers goal on six minutes and Patterson doubled their lead after half an hour from the spot. McNamee made it three just after the break, with Tommy Stewart netting a consolation in added time.

Byrne caps Shels revival

Shelbourne made amends for a poor first-half performance with a strong finish to beat Cork City 3-2 at Tolka Park.

Vinny Sullivan and David Kavanagh gave the visitors a 2-0 interval lead but Shels pulled a goal back in the 57th minute, after Kevin Dawson's mishit shot fell to David Cassidy.

Shelbourne then overhauled Cork through two set pieces. Philip Hughes sent Mark McNulty the wrong way from the penalty spot following a foul on Stephen Paisley, then Conan Byrne hit an excellent free kick in the 71st minute.

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