Wednesday 21 February 2018

Byrne keeps Bohs on up and up

Drogheda United 0 Bohemians 1

Dan Byrne’s 75th-minute headed goal secured all three points against Drogheda United. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Dan Byrne’s 75th-minute headed goal secured all three points against Drogheda United. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Bohemians are emerging as the surprise package of the Premier Division after Dan Byrne's 75th-minute headed goal secured all three points against Drogheda United.

The Gypsies were being widely tipped as relegation contenders before a ball was kicked this season, but after losing their two opening games they have since taken 10 points out of a possible 12.

In an otherwise dour first-half at United Park, Drogheda should have gone ahead on 39 minutes when Sean Thornton rolled the ball wide with only Shane Supple to beat.

Supple made a good save to deny Stephen Elliott straight after the interval, while at the other end Derek Pender made a great run into the box and hit a powerful effort which Drogs net-minder Stephen McGuinness did very well to hold.

The Gypsies found another gear at this stage and they finally made the breakthrough on 75 minutes when Kaleem Simon won a free-kick out on the left and Byrne headed home Lorcan Fitzgerald's delivery.

DROGHEDA UNITED - McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, McGuigan, Dunne; S Brennan, Hyland, Thornton; McCaffrey, Elliott, G Brennan. Subs: Griffin for S Brennan (79min), Byrne for Elliott (82min), McEvoy for Hyland (82min).

BOHEMIANS - Supple; Pender, Cornwall, Byrne, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Poynton, Ward, Morris, Simon; Doyle. Subs: Brennan for Morris (59min), Gannon for Poynton (78min), Nolan for Ward (90 +3min).

Referee - P Tuite (Dublin)

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