Friday 19 January 2018

Drogs bow out with pride as Galway keep powder dry for play-off

Drogheda United 3 Galway United 3

There was nothing to play for in Drogheda, save for an ounce of pride on the Boynesiders' part, and they managed to provide the faithful with an entertaining tie on their last day in the top-flight.

Galway have eyes only on Tuesday's relegation play-off against Bray, so there was little surprise when Sean Connor made 10 changes from the side that defeated Bohemians in last week's penultimate game.

They were behind here within seven minutes when Peter McMahon's corner was only half-cleared and Brendan McGill rattled home from outside the box.

Galway's makeshift line-up were intent to impress and they bounced back eight minutes later with an almost identical goal to the first.

This time it was Derek O'Brien profiting from some haphazard defending to make it one apiece and after half an hour, and then Karl Sheppard put Galway in front with a stupendous free-kick.

Given the nature of the contest, there was little surprise at its openness and Drogheda pulled level again when McMahon struck past stand-in Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn after Conor Sinnott had put him through.

Rory Gartland put Galway's noses in front again on 70 minutes before Darragh McNamara levelled 10 minutes from time.

Drogheda United -- Skinner, Crowley, McNally, Haro, Osbourne; McMahon (McEnteggart 85), Sinnott, E McGill (Matondo 77), B McGill; Harris, Flood (McNamara 64).

Galway United -- Winn, King (O'Donnell 69), Preston Kelly, Reilly, Walsh; Cheevers, Keane, Kelly, O'Brien (Gartland 65); K Sheppard (Duggan 57), D Sheppard.

Ref -- T Connolly (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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