Bohemians need another late show to silence Drogs
YET another late, late show from Bohemians to break the hearts of Drogheda United and keep pace with league leaders Dundalk.
Bohs boss Pat Fenlon admits he had resigned himself to the concession of two vital home points before midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins popped up with a 90th minute header, his first goal for Bohs.
Bohs have established a real knack of hitting late but important goals against Drogheda: over the past three seasons the Gypsies have earned five wins and one draw against Drogheda where the crucial goal was scored in the final minute or in injury time.
"Since I came to this club we have scored a lot of late goals against Drogheda and I'm sure we are breaking Alan Mathews' heart a bit, but we deserved to win the game. We needed a break and we got that break last night," said Fenlon, relieved to see Bohs get their first win in five home league games.
"I think the goal we scored against Drogheda at Dalymount last season was a big goal for us; we had a tough game against Drogheda and we didn't deserve anything out of that game.
"I was delighted for the players, they deserved to win the game and they stuck at it. It didn't look like we were going to get the break we needed but in the end we got it, and it's another clean sheet for us which is good.
"When it went into the last minute and we were still at 0-0 I didn't think the win would come. I thought we'd done as much as we could. Drogheda defended really well and it looked as if they could hang on, but I said to the players at half-time that we might need to win it in the last five minutes," added the Bohs boss.
Playing youngster Colm Smith as a lone front man, Drogheda set out their stall as they came to Dalymount seeking a point which would stop their losing streak, and a combination of slack finishing from Bohs and tight defending from United caused much frustration for the home support.
Drogheda rarely threatened Barry Murphy's goal, though Smith (23 minutes) and Paul Crowley (31 minutes) had their moments. Bohs totally dominated the second half, but Paddy Madden and Aaron Greene were finding it hard to break down that dogged Drogheda defence, so Fenlon made changes, bringing on Raff Cretaro and Mark Quigley. And Cretaro did the hard work for the Bohs winner, as he burst past Joe Kendrick in the final minute and sent a cross deep into the box which Higgins headed past Paul Skinner.