Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy believes his side were full value for a point after they left it late to secure a dramatic 1-1 draw with Longford Town at United Park. Dean Byrne’s fine strike had Longford on course for all three points but Ciaran
Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy believes his side were full value for a point after they left it late to secure a dramatic 1-1 draw with Longford Town at United Park.
Dean Byrne’s fine strike had Longford on course for all three points but Ciaran Kelly’s 95th minute equaliser was enough to earn the hosts a share of the spoils which was the least they deserved according to Clancy.
“The result leaves us feeling positive even though we wanted the win,” the Trim native explained post-match. “I don’t think Longford threatened aside from the goal and while we were far from our best, we put them under serious pressure late on.
“We were desperately throwing bodies forward at the end and it was one centre-back crossing for another to score. The lads don’t seem to know when they’re beaten and that’s a great trait to have."
The Drogheda manger was full of praise for his goalscorer with the 19-year-old having played in every minute of league football since joining from St Patrick’s Athletic in January.
“He’s a really good footballer. Ciaran’s had to put on a lot of muscle since joining us but you can see him improving and developing with every game.
“He’s one of the first names on the team sheet and himself and Conor Kane, for their age, are phenomenal players with so much potential."
Kelly’s late equaliser sees Drogheda remain undefeated at home and with 11 points from five games, Clancy is eager to make United Park a fortress in the First Division.
“That’s two really big comebacks for us after tonight and the Galway game. A draw was probably the right result but the way we fought for it was really encouraging.
“Our expectations for the season isn’t to win the league, it’s to be in with a chance of promotion come the last round of games. Our home form is going to be vital towards that."