Sunday 17 November 2019

O'Neill to the rescue for Drogs

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Bohemians' Dinny Corcoran (right), celebrates with team-mate Steven Beattie after scoring his side's first goal against Drogheda United at Dalymount Park last night
Bohemians' Dinny Corcoran (right), celebrates with team-mate Steven Beattie after scoring his side's first goal against Drogheda United at Dalymount Park last night

Jamie Moore

Gary O'Neill's 89th-minute equaliser broke Bohemians hearts at Dalymount Park last night. O'Neill scored his first goals since his return from testicular cancer to earn his side a point.

Dinny Corcoran had put Bohemians 2-0 up inside 28 minutes. The opener came on 14 minutes, when new signing Craig Walsh broke down the left before sending Corcoran through. He took a touch and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Owen Heary's team were 2-0 up before the half-hour mark. Paddy Kavanagh jinked past the Drogheda defence before passing to Corcoran, who was fouled by Ciaran McGuigan. Corcoran stepped up to slot the penalty home for his third goal of the season.

O'Neill got Drogheda back into the game 10 minutes before the break. A long ball split the Bohs back four and O'Neill nipped in to prod the ball in from the tight angle. Bohs were down to 10 men at the time as left-back Jack Memery was off getting stiches in a head wound.

Robbie Horgan's team pushed for an equaliser and Aidan Price's point-blank block looked to have saved the three points.

But O'Neill popped up in the last minute to bundle the ball home from inside the Bohs six-yard box. Bohs failed to clear Gavan Holohan's corner and O'Neill pounced to earn Drogheda a deserved point.

Bohemians – Delaney; Pender, Lopes, Price, Memery; Beattie, McEvoy, Walsh, Devaney; Kavanagh (Traynor, 65); Corcoran (Byrne, 77).

Drogheda United – Ryan; Daly, McNally, Andrews, Grimes; Brady, Doyle (Holohan, 67), McGuigan, Foley (Maher, 67), Walsh (O'Brien, 77); O'Neill.

Referee – D McKeon (Dublin).

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