Date Time League Season
3 May 2021 2:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

United grab late equaliser against Bohs

A late, late goal from James Clarke was enough for to help Drogheda United share the spoils with Bohemians at United Park this afternoon.

Bohs looked to have done enough to win their first game in almost a month, after Liam Burt put them ahead on the hour mark.

But they couldn't hold on and Clarke's 93rd minute equaliser means Keith Long's side remain in the bottom half of the table, with a third of the season played.

The visitors will be kicking themselves, having let yet more points slip late on. 

Although they failed to create many clear-cut chances, Keith Long’s side, controlled possession for long periods and starved their hosts of quality ball in the attacking third. 

They started the game like an express train, pinning Drogheda in their own half in the early stages, with players like Dawson Devoy tormenting the home defence. 

But the initial zeal soon died off, and a tense affair ensued, characterised by four yellow cards, split evenly between the two sides in the latter stages of the opening period.

The second half had a slower start than the first, and the game threatened to fizzle out before Devoy’s sumptuous assist allowed Burt to open the scoring for the Gypsies.

Rather than resting on their laurels, Bohs continued to press and looked to add to their lead, to seal the win through Andy Lyons and substitute Promise Omochere. 

But as the clock wound down, Drogs gradually pressed forward and were able to steal a point after James Clarke bundled the ball home late on.

The result means that newly promoted Drogheda are enjoying a happy return to the top tier of Irish football as they sit pretty in fifth place; while Bohemians are two spots below them on eight points.

It means Bohs face an uphill battle to qualify for Europe as the title race is surely beyond them, even with only nine games played.

  • 94'

    Full time here. It finishes 1-1 thanks to Clarkes's late equaliser.

  • 94'

    James Clarke bundles the ball over the line from close range after a corner. This is the second late equaliser Bohs have conceded in as many weeks.

  • 93'


  • 92'

    Georgie Kelly flashes a shot across the face of the goal after some good build up play from Devoy.

  • 90'

    The fourth official has signalled that there will be four minutes of injury time.

  • 86'

    Drogheda are beginning to press forward more and more looking for an equaliser here but they lack the quality to beat the first man time and time again.

  • 84'

    A yellow card for Drogehda's manager Tim Clancy who felt his side deserved a penalty for a collision in the box.

  • 81'

    Burt and Odumusa collide going for the ball. Odumusa looks good to continue but Burt's afternoon is over as he is replaced by Jack Moylan.

  • 81'

    Burt and Odumusa collide going for the ball. Odumusa looks good to continue but Burt's afternoon is over as he is replaced by Jack Moylan.

  • 76'

    Chaos in the Bohs box as Talbot slips as he comes to claim a free-kick. The ball pings around the box before it's eventually cleared.

  • 71'

    Lyons takes a great touch and dances past his man but is hauled down on the edge of the box by Hyland who gets a yellow card for his trouble. Ward can't find the target with the free-kick and it goes harmlessly over.

  • 67'

    Cornwall is down getting treatment after that tangle with Lyons but the medical staff have signalled the centre back is fit to continue.

  • 65'

    Lyons gets ahead of Cornwall in the Bohs box and appears to be dragged down but the referee waves play on.

  • 65'

    A double change for Bohs as Promise Omochere and Keith Ward replace Tierney and Wilson respectively.

  • 60'

    Devoy plays a delightful through ball to Burt who runs on to the ball and the Scot delicately lifts the ball over Odumosu.

  • 60'

    1-0 to Bohs !!!

  • 57'

    Change for Drogheda as Jake Hyland replaces Luke Heeney.

  • 57'

    Change for Drogheda as Jake Hyland replaces Luke Heeney.

  • 52'

    Gary Deegan gives away a foul with a strong challenge on Burt. He's lucky to avoid getting another yellow.

  • 46'

    No changes by either manager at the break, let's hope the second period offers in terms of goalmouth action than the first half did.

  • 48'

    Half time here. Both sides will be thankful for the break so they can reassess their approach and reorganise their floundering attacks which so far have flattered to deceive.

  • 44'

    Another yellow, this time for Ross Tierney. Both he and James Browne collide going for the ball, with the Drogs man coming off second best.

  • 42'

    After a hectic opening, this game has settled down. It's hard to say who is in control.

  • 37'

    Chris Lyons twists and turns on the Bohemians box and eventually wins his side a corner, but it comes to nothing.

  • 33'

    The ball breaks to Andy Lyons on the edge of the box and he's hacked down by Doyle on the edge of the box, which earns him a yellow card. Wilson gets under the ensuing free and it goes harmlessly over the bar.

  • 28'

    Massey and Finnerty are having words after a coming together in the box, Georgie Kelly gets involved and earns himself a booking.

  • 28'

    A yellow card for Deegan for a foul on Devoy.

  • 26'

    A poor touch from Rob Cornwall allows Mark Doyle in on goal, but his touch is equally bad and Talbot swallows it up.

  • 23'

    Chris Lyons pounces on a loose ball but is isolated up front on his own, so he can only shoot harmlessly wide of James Talbot's goal.

  • 23'

    Drogs are congesting the middle third and are making it very difficult for Bohs to pass it out from the back.

  • 21'

    The former Dundalk man is back on his feet and is able to take a free-kick to launch another attack.

  • 19'

    Odumosu has taken a heavy knock from one of his defenders and has remained on the ground.

  • 12'

    A defensive mix up between Massey and his keeper' means Bohs have a corner, but a foul on Odumosu means the home side can clear their lines.

  • 12'

    A cross from Breslin is cut out by Massey. The Gypsies have had the lions share of possession but haven't created anything meaningful yet.

  • 5'

    A thundering challenge from Brown flattens Tyreke Wilson, he's lucky to get away without a card there, but Wilson was back up on his feet quickly after.

  • 3'

    Bohs look determined to right recent wrongs and have pinned the home side inside their own half early on.

  • 2'

    Dawson Devoy has a crack from 30 yards out but he gets under the ball too much and blasts the ball over the stand.

  • Both teams need a result here as together they've gained one point from their last six games.

  • Drogs make two changes also with David Odumuso replacing Colin Mc Cabe and Luke Heeney also starting after making an impressive cameo off the bench last time out.

  • Bohs make two changes from their last outing where they were beaten by Derry City with James Finnerty and Dawson Devoy coming into the starting XI and Ciaran Kelly and Ali Coote dropping to the bench.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Drogheda and Bohemians at United Park.

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey 16 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 28'
9Chris Lyons Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward 33'
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 11 Midfielder
25Ryan O’Shea 22 Defender
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
6Hugh Douglas Defender
11Jake Hyland 21 Midfielder 71'
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
16Brandon Bermingham 7 Forward
17Ronan Murray Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
22James Clarke 25 Midfielder 93'


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
5Rob Cornwall Defender
11Liam Burt 23 Midfielder 60'
12Georgie Kelly Forward 28'
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
19Tyreke Wilson 10 Defender
26Ross Tierney 20 Midfielder 44'
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
8Ali Coote Midfielder
10Keith Ward 19 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
20Promise Omochere 26 Midfielder
23Jack Moylan 11 Midfielder
30Robert Mahon Midfielder


United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland