SEAN THORNTON’s stunning late free-kick earned 10-man Drogheda United an unlikely point against Limerick at United Park.
A controversial first-half penalty looked to have proved the difference as Limerick sought their first win of the league season.
On the half hour mark referee Ray Matthews showed a red card to Drogheda defender Alan Byrne after he was adjudged to have taken down former United favourite Paul O’Conor as he ran through on goal.
After lengthy protests from the home players and crowd, Ian Turner cooly placed his spot-kick past Micheal Schlingermann to hand Martin Russell’s side the lead.
With just 10 men, the home team did carve out some chances of their own as Neil Yadolahi and Mick Daly forced Conor O’Donnell into two splendid first-half saves.
Despite creating several chances to seal the victory in the second half, Thornton curled his free-kick over the Limerick wall and past O’Donnell with just six minutes left to earn a share of the spoils.
DROGHEDA UTD – Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, Yadolahi (Hughes, 55), Gorman; Thornton, Maher, Brennan (Walshe, 84), Brady, Marks (Duffy, 72); Kavanagh.
LIMERICK – O’Donnell; Whitehead, Costelloe, Price, Williams; O’Conor, Turner, Russell, Hughes (Faherty, 87), Rainsford, Clarke.
REF – R Matthews (Westmeath)