SUNDAY morning saw Drogheda Boys secure second place in the DDSL Under-15A1 table following a hard-fought play-off clash with Celbridge Town.
Played on a neutral pitch in Finglas, this was a fiercely competitive match from the start, with Celbridge enjoying most of the possession and forcing Drogheda keeper Vinny O'Hare into making two class saves.
By the middle of the first half Drogheda slowly forced their way back into this game, carving out chances for Andy Lynch and Rhudhan Walsh. Still, by half-time there was no breakthrough, with the Boys grateful to be still on level terms.
From the whistle for the start of the second half Drogheda seemed more up for it, and their increased effort and clever passing soon helped break the deadlock, with top scorer Andy Lynch netting a cross from sub Jake Farrell.
In fairness to Celbridge they were not going down without a fight, and with some quick counter-attacking football they got back on level terms - 1-1.
Celbridge now had the bit between the teeth and pressed hard with a renewed sense of vigour.
Drogheda defended really well, though, with Ryan Corry and captain Reese McEvoy leading by example, and again the Boynesiders started to string some nice passing moves, with Sean Birch's mazy runs putting Celbridge on the back foot. And when a super cross was whipped in by Tiege Caffrey, it fell sweetly for Andy Lynch to blast home - 2-1.
Not allowing the same response from Celbridge, Drogheda didn't sit back inviting Celbridge on, but instead continued to play their attacking way and got their just rewards when Lynch completed his hat-trick after some great inter-passing.
Celbridge's heads dropped at that stage and Drogheda could have added another, but after five minutes of injury time the ref finally blew his whistle and an elated Drogheda got what they deserved - promotion and a medal to savour.