Sunday 19 January 2020

McNally swings it Drogs' way


Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

DROGHEDA UNITED's new management ticket got off to a dream start thanks to Alan McNally's second-half header.

The centre-half was the only man to take his chance in a game full of opportunities, giving his side just their third win of the season and their first over UCD in five attempts.

Paul Lumsden will be appointed as Drogheda boss this morning, with Darius Kierans taking the title of director of football, and they watched from the bench as Mick Daly tested Billy Brennan's reflexes early on with a dipping shot.

Corie Treacy cleared a Ciaran Kilduff effort off the line, before Paul Corry should have done better with a free header from the resultant corner. At the other end Paul Crowley's volley on the turn was well executed, but Brennan dealt with it comfortably.

The breakthrough should have come from the hosts when Alan Kelly awarded them a penalty. Ciaran Nangle brought Ryan Brennan down in the area, but Joe Kendrick's well-struck spot-kick hit the outside of the post.

Kilduff was again denied, with Murphy reacting well to snuff out the striker's threat in first-half injury time. Scoreless at the break, United's new managerial team made two changes at half-time.

And one of those introduced, Colm Smith, almost broke the deadlock with a downward header from Kendrick's cross, with Brennan producing a fine save.

Kilduff's dipping header just cleared the post. Then, from a Mulhall corner, he slid in to have an effort parried by Murphy before his rebound hit the post.

But McNally was the unlikely figure to finally make the breakthrough, meeting Kendrick's delivery with a glancing effort that flew past Brennan.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Murphy; Treacy (Smith h-t), Daly, McNally, Kendrick; Brennan , Crowley, O'Connor, E McGill, B McGill (Kerr h-t); Flood.

UCD -- Brennan; Shortall, Boyle, McMillan, Nangle (Harding 77); Ward (Rusk 63), Bolger, Corry, Wilson; Kilduff, Mulhall.

REF -- A Kelly (Cork).

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