Derry City 2-2 Drogheda United

Gareth McGlynn
Gareth McGlynn's goal got Derry back into the game after he had earlier hit the woodwork on two occasions

Derry City remain on top of the Airtricity League Premier Division after they hit two late goals to earn a draw against struggling Drogheda.

Brian Gannon and Gavin Brennan strikes put Drogheda 2-0 up at half-time with Gareth McGlynn (twice) and Stephen McLaughlin hitting the Drogs woodwork.

McGlynn replied on 73 and Derry levelled two minutes from time after an unlucky own goal from Dave Rogers.

Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers are now both a point behind Derry.

Michael O'Neill's Hoops were held to a 1-1 draw by St Patrick's Athletic at Inchicore while Sligo moved into second place on goal difference as they defeated Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds.

Shamrock Rovers have a game in hand on both their title rivals while St Patrick's are also not completely out of the title picture as they are only four points behind Derry.

Drogheda played with a gale-force wind in the opening half at the Brandywell and they were ahead by the fourth minute as Gannon struck.

Derry attempted to regroup from the early blow and McGlynn hit the crossbar and post in quick succession.

Eamon Zayed and Patrick McEleney then combined to set up a great chance for McLaughlin but the Derry striker, once again, rattled the woodwork.

The siege on the Drogheda goal was lifted in emphatic fashion as the visitors notched their second goal on 38 as Brennan fired to the net after a corner hadn't been cleared.

Despite their second-half wind advantage, Derry were unable to break Drogheda down in the third quarter.

However, the Candystripes were back in the game on 73 as McGlynn headed home after shots by Shane McEleney and Ruaidhri Higgins had been blocked.

Derry had a huge slice of luck for the 88th-minute equaliser as Drogheda keeper Robert Duggan's attempted punch rebounded off the unaware former Candystripes player Rogers and back into the net.

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