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Premier Division

  • 15 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Hunky Dorys Park, Drogheda
  • Referee: G. Kelly
  • • Attendance: 716

Drogheda United 2-2 Limerick - Nine man Limerick denied first win by late O'Brien penalty

Drogheda United 2-2 Limerick - Nine man Limerick denied first win by late O'Brien penalty

Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Declan O'Brien spared Drogheda United's blushes in a heated contest at Hunky Dorys Park which saw four penalty kicks awarded

Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien came to Drogheda's rescue from the penalty spot during a hard fought draw with nine-man Limerick FC. Joe Gamble was the guilty party for the Munster side after his foul in the box saw the Drogs' fan favourite ruin their chance of a first win in the Irish top flight in 19 years.

The nine men almost held on for victory following the dismissals of Aaron Browne and Alex Bossekota. While last week's performance against Cork City was impressive, manager Stuart Taylor would have been itching to get Limerick's first three points against his former club. Drogheda will feel unlucky not to have gotten the win after playing against fewer players for half of the match and missing a penalty, but they can only blame themselves for not taking full advantage of the situation.

The hosts took the lead after some good interplay between David Cassidy and Declan O'Brien, Cassidy managed to get a shot off which was closed down by Joe Gamble who was adjudged to have handled it. O'Brien did well to tuck away his first penalty of the night, driving it down the middle.

Limerick came into it more as the half wore on and applied the pressure to Drogs' back line with attacks down both wings. That pressure paid off at the end of the half with Aaron Brown getting on a great cross from Shane Tracy.

Although Brown finished the half on a high, he started the next one in the worst possible fashion after he was found to have dragged O'Brien down as the last man and sent off. O'Brien took the second spot kick, but failed to find the net. Despite the sending off, Limerick were not deflated, with some lax Drogheda defending leading to a penalty which Tracy slotted away confidently. Soon after the visitors picked up another red card, with Axel Bossekota sent off for violent conduct following a confronation with David Cassidy. 

Limerick always looked under pressure with nine men, and Drogheda's attacking play was rewarded with another spot kick three minutes from time. Declan O'Brien stepped up once again to give the hosts a share of the spoils, and deny Limerick their first win of the season.