Gabriel Sava will certainly remember his performance at the Brandywell
tonight (Tues), the Drogheda keeper producing a five star show as his
side escaped with a share of the spoils.
Derry City 1
Drogheda Utd 1
ARTHUR DUFFY REPORTS FROM THE BRANDYWELL
Indeed, it was Derry’s failure to net that vital insurance goal which
cost them dearly in the end.
Sava denied Derry striker Rory Patterson on a litany of occasions as
the Candystripes bossed the opening period.
Having saved a Patterson free-kick in the 11th minute, the keeper then
diverted another shot from the striker over his crossbar in the 29th
But from the resultant corner, the home side deserved moved into the
driving seat. Kevin Deery floated the ball into the danger area and as
the Drogheda defence failed to clear, RYAN MCBRIDE rose at the back
post to head the ball firmly home.
Sava saved Drogheda again in the 55th following a superb stop to deny
Mark Griffin and the keeper was equal to another effort Patterson in a
But those failures in front of goal would cost the home side dearly
when Drogheda equalised with 10 minutes remaining.
Having won a corner on the right, Graham Rusk floated the ball into
the near post and the alert MICK DALY glanced it home to stun the home
Derry City – Doherty; Madden, McBride, S. McEleney, B. McNamee;
Molloy; Deery (Crawley, 39), Higgins; Griffin (Houston, 71),
Patterson, Rafter (Duffy, 81).
Drogheda United – Sava; Gannon (Hynes, 72), Grimes, Byrne, Hand
(Foley, h/t); Rusk, O’Connor, Daly, G. Brennan; O’Brien, Cassidy (R.
Referee – T. Tomney (Dublin).