LIMERICK FC were denied a first win in the Premier Division this season when 10-man Drogheda United stunned the Blues with an 84th minute equaliser at United Park on Tuesday night.
Martin Russell’s Limerick side took a precious lead on the half hour mark when Paul O’Conor was fouled inside the penalty area by Alan Byrne who was red-carded by match referee Ray Matthews. A composed Ian Turner duly converted from the penalty spot.
Limerick survived a scare shortly before half-time, but goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell did superbly to deny Michael Daly an equaliser from a powerful header.
However, just as Limerick were beginning to close in on securing three precious points, Drogheda equalised in the 84th minute when Sean Thornton scored from a superbly struck free-kick.
Neither side could manage a winner in the remaining minutes as Limerick secured a second successive draw in the top flight.
Limerick’s starting line-up included Tony Whitehead who was making his first league appearance since September, while Shane Costelloe returned for the first time since being sidelined with a back injury almost 12 months ago.
Next up for Limerick FC is a glamour home tie with FAI Cup holders St Patrick’s Athletic at Jackman Park this Saturday, 6.30pm.
DROGHEDA UNITED: Miceal Schlingerman, Joe Gorman, Alan Byrne, Cathal Brady, Sean Thornton, Sean Brennan (Carl Walshe 84), Stephen Maher, Darly Kavanagh, Mick Daly, Jason Marks (Lee Duffy 72), Neil Yohdolahi (Mark Hughes 55).
LIMERICK FC: Connor O’Donnell, Shane Costelloe, Robbie Williams (Capt), Aidan Price, Paul O’Connor, Ian Turner, Dean Clarke, Darragh Rainsford, Sean Russell, Tony Whitehead, Jason Hughes (Vinny Faherty 88).
REFEREE: Ray Matthews