Monday 20th August 2007, 9:52 pm
20th August 2007
Drogheda United 2
James Keddy 73
Eamon Zayed 85
Galway United 2
Alan Murphy 87
Derek O'Brien 90
Referee : Declan Hanney
Galway United secured a remarkable draw on their visit to face League of Ireland leaders Drogheda United at United Park tonight. The Drogs looked set to take advantage of Stephen O'Flynn's sending off in the first half and led 2-0 with just three minutes left on the clock after goals from James Keddy and Eamon Zayed.
However, two goals right at the end from Alan Murphy and Derek O'Brien secured a hugely important and unlikely point for the visitors. That point lifts them one clear of Waterford United and the relegation play-off place.
Going into the game with an eight point lead at the top of the table, Drogheda struggled to break down a resolute Galway defence. The game seemed to have swung in favour of the home side when O'Flynn was shown a straight red card after a tackle from behind on Stuart Byrne.
Still Galway held on until the 73rd minute when the Drogs made their breakthrough. Keddy was on hand to turn home simply from Brian Shelley's pin-point cross into the area.
Renowned for their ability to retain a narrow lead, Drogheda looked set to record the win and Zayed's 85th minute goal looked to have wrapped it up as he ran in on Paul Keegan's through ball to slot home.
However, Drogheda wobbled in the closing minutes and Murphy floated in the first on 87 minutes as Drogs keeper Dan Connor lost the ball, allowing the Galway midfielder to find the net from distance.
Stunningly the Drogheda keeper slipped up again in the 90th minute. His weak attempt to grab O'Brien's cross-shot failed miserably as the ball ended up in the net and Galway had grabbed an unlikely draw.
The Drogs are still well clear at the top of the league, nine points ahead of Shamrock Rovers and Saint Patrick's Athletic but the chasing pack will have been boosted after seeing Drogheda's fragile defensive showing tonight.
Drogheda United : Connor, Shelley, Gavin, Gartland, Webb, Whelan (Keegan 66), Robinson, Byrne (Tambouras 87), Keddy, Grant (O'Keefe 58), Zayed.
Galway United : Rogers, Keane, Lester, Fitzgerald, Charles (Faherty 78), Robson (Fagan 58), Cooke, O'Halloran, O'Brien, Glynn (Murphy 58), O'Flynn.