With title rivals Dundalk and Sligo Rovers both winning, Pat's' manager Liam Buckley will rue his team's slack finishing in front of goalWith the Airtricity League heading into its final straight, St Patrick’s Athletic's failure to secure a fourth consecutive home did little to help in their quest for a first league title in 14 years.
It was to be Liam Buckley’s side who would have the first chance of the game. After a quick free-kick, Killian Brennan shot into a wall of players which drew cries of handball. The ball would fall kindly for Anthony Flood but the forward skewed his effort over.
Liam Buckley’s side would have a far more creditable case of a penalty award with just over 20 minutes played. Flood linked up nicely with John Russell who looked to have been tripped inside the area by Derek Prendergast. However, referee Derek Tomney wasn’t forthcoming with his decision.
For all the home side’s dominance, Drogheda would have felt unfortunate to not to score the opening goal. Gavin Brennan’s deep cross found an unmarked David Cassidy, but the midfielder shot straight at Brendan Clarke.
Only minutes later, Pat's should have found themselves in front. Brennan’s through ball freed Flood, but the striker produced a dismal effort when clean through. The rebound would fall to Conan Byrne but his stunning volley would hit the outside of the near post.
Just past the hour mark, Drogheda would waste another great opportunity. Gavin Brennan again produced an inch perfect cross for Graham Rusk, but the stocky forward headed comfortably over despite being completely free.
Mick Cooke’s Drogheda side should have gone ahead with a little over 20 minutes left. A wild Christopher Forrester pass was picked up by David Cassidy who squared to Ryan Brennan. However, the midfielder showed little composure as he hit a tame effort into the hands of Clarke.
Despite a flurry of late corners, Pat's couldn’t find the winner that both players and staff so desperately wanted at Richmond Park.
Liam Buckley will look to make up for the disappointing draw next week as they face title outsiders Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium. Meanwhile, Drogheda will hope to keep their relegation fears at bay with a home tie against Limerick.