Tuesday 23 January 2018

Schlingermann simply the best, says McDonnell

Longford Town 1-1 Drogheda Utd

Drogheda manager John McDonnell has praised keeper Michael Schlingermann
Drogheda manager John McDonnell has praised keeper Michael Schlingermann
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Micheál Schlingermann is the best goalkeeper in the League of Ireland by some distance, according to Drogheda United manager John McDonnell.

Schlingermann produced two terrific late saves to earn a point for Drogheda in Longford.

The home team started well, taking a ninth minute lead when winger Kaleem Simon controlled Kevin O'Connor's cross before shooting past Schlingermann from close range.

Drogheda wasted the chance of an equaliser four minutes into the second half when Sean Thornton skied a penalty over the bar after he'd been fouled by O'Connor.

Much better in that second half, the visitors were back level on 68 minutes when substitute Ger Pender threaded a ball through to set up Lee Duffy.

Schlingermann then came into his own, first displaying his agility to get down to his right to make a one-handed save from O'Connor on 71 minutes. And eight minutes later he somehow kept out substitute David O'Sullivan's close-range shot.

"I say to my players before a game, just be the best you can be in your position and Micheál is an example of that," said McDonnell.

"Everyone has to look at him. His attitude is great. He's the best keeper in the league by miles."

Longford Town - Hunt; Mulhall, Sullivan, Powell, Deady; Ben Mohamed (Cowan, 77), Rice, O'Connor, Simon; Kelly (Salmon, 3; O'Sullivan, 74), Shaw.

Drogheda Utd - Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, O'Reilly, Gorman; Mulvenna, Hughes (Maher, 81), Thornton, Marks (Pender, 59); Brennan (Bayly, 87); Duffy.

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary).

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