Friday 20 April 2018

Walshe halts Drogheda's freefall

Drogheda Utd 1 Bohemians 0

Aidan Price, Bohemians, in action against Declan O'Brien, Drogheda United
Aidan Price, Bohemians, in action against Declan O'Brien, Drogheda United
Aidan Price, Bohemians, in action against Declan O'Brien, Drogheda United
Ryan McEvoy, Bohemians, in action against Shane Grimes, Drogheda United

AFTER six successive defeats, Drogheda United's slide down the table came to an end, with Carl Walshe getting the only goal against the run of play.

Outplayed for much of the second half, and reliant on the excellence of goalkeeper David Ryan to keep them on level terms, Drogheda pounced on a rare mistake from Bohs right-back Stephen Beattie to steal the victory.

Arguably the best player on the pitch up until this point, Beattie rashly conceded possession deep inside his own half, gifting the ball to Walshe, who immediately saw the chance to get his strike away early.

In doing so, he deceived Bohs 'keeper Dean Delany, who dived despairingly to his left but failed to get near the midfielder's low shot.

And so Drogheda had their first win since April 4. Yet few saw it coming when Bohemians upped the tempo after half-time, creating a number of chances which were either stopped by the vigilant Ryan or else narrowly off target.

Key to their dominance in this period was the role Paddy Kavanagh was playing as he searched for space in between the Drogheda defence and midfield.

It was his cross which gave Jason Byrne a chance to edge closer to Brendan Bradley's record – but the striker's header was saved by Ryan.

Byrne also missed from six yards in the first half, while Moore had a shot cleared off the line and Ryan produced a superb save to deny Anto Murphy.

Drogheda United – Ryan; Daly, Doyle, McGuigan, Grimes; Brady (O'Brien 16) Crowley, Foley, Walshe, Holohan; O'Neill

Bohemians – Delany; Beattie, Price, Byrne, Pender (Reynor 25); Murphy (Devaney 72), McEvoy (Walshe 80), Mulcahy Moore; Kavanagh; Byrne

Ref – R Harvey (Dublin)

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