Drogheda survival hopes hanging by a thread
MARIAN Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Drogheda Town this season and so it proved again last Friday as they took another step towards relegation.
A win for bottom club Edenderry the night previously had seen them leapfrog Pete Brennan's side, and with the pressure on Town to end their run of seven games without a victory they were unable to come up with the goods. That said, the hosts started the game brightly and had opponents St Francis on the back foot for most of the first half, without being able to turn their dominance into clear-cut openings.
Just before half-time Town had a scare when the visitors had a goal correctly ruled out for offside, but in the second period Conor Branagan and Aaron Comerford looked lively as Drogheda took the game to the away side.
St Francis looked to content to attack on the break and it was one from such opening that they grabbed the lead. A through-ball dissected the home defence and the centre-forward out-paced the cover before squeezing the ball past keeper Emmet Wright.
Brennan rang the changes to give his side a more attacking balance as he desperately sought an equaliser, and Comerford, Branagan and Kevin Lee all had half-chances to score, but they couldn't take any of them.
Then, with time almost up, and Town leaving themselves exposed at the back, St Francis struck again to make sure of all three points.
Best for Town, who only have three games remaining to drag themselves out of the bottom two, were Robbie Craig, Chris McDonnell and keeper Wright.
DROGHEDA TOWN: Emmet Wright, Chris McDonnell, Stevie McDonnell, Robbie Craig, Padraig McDonagh, Richard Gibney, Danny Coyle, Aaron Comerford, Conor Branagan, James Guilfoyle. Subs: Ronan McEnteggart, Tadhg O'Brien, Kevin Lee, Dale Thornton, J Murray.