Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy was happy to have picked up a point at Shamrock Rovers on Friday in a game where both sides converted from dubious penalty awards, but did add that neither team could have complained if the spot kicks were not given.

The Premier Division champions created the most chances throughout and were particularly impressive in the opening period. They took the lead on 19 minutes after Sean Gannon fell somewhat theatrically in the box from Dane Massey's challenge. Graham Burke converted the resulting spot kick.

Drogs improved in the second period and drew level on 63 when Chris Lyons smashed home his penalty after Darragh Markey went down somewhat easily following minimal contact from Burke.

For Shamrock Rovers it's now two wins from eight in the league, with St Pat's Athletic ahead of them on goal difference at the top of the table. After successive league defeats, Clancy accentuated the positives from this Tallaght Stadium stalemate.

"It's a very good point for us," he told RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"We've come to the home of the champions and they don't score many late goals by accident. They constantly press teams and put teams under pressure. We rode our luck at times, they had one off the inside of the post, one flashed over the bar, balls going across and we getting last-ditch tackles in.

"In the first half we were dominated but in the second half we got our foot on the ball, that could be Rovers subconsciously dropping off because they had the lead, but we certainly had a bit more quality on the ball.

"We believed on ourselves a little bit more and had to work very hard to see the game out. We showed bits of quality and we're unlucky at the end when Killian (Phillips) had a header just wide. We lost two games in the last week, we didn't want to get to the halfway mark of the season with three defeats on the trot."

Chris Lyons drew Drogheda level

As for the award of the penalties, the Drogheda said without hesitation: "If they are not given, neither team can complain. Maybe two wrongs make a right.

"A poor point for them but a huge result for us. That will tell you where the two clubs are and their expectations."

Clancy's Stephen Bradley had a different view on the spot kicks in each half.

"Both were penalties. I've seen both of them back and both are penalties. We gave away a really poor penalty from our point of view."

The Hoops boss, while disappointed that two points were dropped, is still pleased with the way his side are shaping up.

"We are still top of the league; a lot of people forget that. We've had a lot of injuries in the last five or six weeks. Some of our play tonight was as good as you'll see anywhere."