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Monday 23 October 2017

McCabe leveller exposes Drogs' defensive woes

Life as a Drogheda United fan is nothing if not entertaining: this clash saw the goal tally in their opening five games rise to 22, but doubling their points total to two was the only figure that mattered to Alan Mathews' players after this draw.

United held firm for the opening quarter, but their defensive weaknesses came back to haunt them 25 minutes in as Michael Daly's poor clearance went straight to Conor O'Grady, who swiftly fed Matthew Blinkhorn and he pulled the ball back for Padraig Amond to finish.

Blinkhorn almost immediately doubled the lead, but Richie Ryan's inswinging cross just evaded his lunge, before he headed over from a Ryan corner.

But the hosts drew level in first-half injury-time after Iarfhlaith Davoren conceded a free on the right wing and the unmarked Jamie Duffy met Joe Kendrick's perfect delivery with a downward header that left Richard Brush rooted to the spot.

Sligo upped the tempo after the break, as first Paul Skinner and then the post denied Blinkhorn, but Drogheda gained the initiative and went ahead in the 72nd minute when Daly headed home from Eoghan Osbourne's cross.

But Sligo hit back three minutes later as sub Gary McCabe curled a delicious free-kick past Skinner from the edge of the box to gain a share of the spoils.

DROGHEDA UTD -- Skinner; King, McNally, Harris (Osbourne 33), Kendrick; Daly, E McGill, Crowley, Brennan; Duffy, Fitzpatrick.

SLIGO ROVERS -- Brush; Ventre, Almeida, Keane, Davoren (Foran h-t); Dillon (McCabe 64), O'Grady (Doninger 56), Ryan, Doyle; Blinkhorn, Amond.

REF -- D McKeon.

Irish Independent

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