Famous double in Town's grasp
Published 09/04/2014 | 05:28
DROGHEDA Town Under-13s set up a cup final meeting at United Park with Walshestown Wolves following a confident display against Boyne Rovers at St Joseph's on Thursday.
Looking the part of league champions for much of the tie, Town still had to work hard to grind down a spirited Rovers, eptimised by the performance of their keeper Sean Connor. He brought off a string of fine saves, including an early penalty stop from Thomas O'Connell, after Femi Fanifosi was fouled.
Town themselves had heroes, with Conor Brennan superb at the back in an opening half that had Aaron Moran pushing forward at will down the left.
Both Hugh Murphy and Connor came off their line expertly at times as O'Connor and Bema Meite went close.
Seven minutes from half-time the opening goal duly arrived when Murphy's pinpoint kickout found Meite down the left and his first-time ball sent goal machine Luke O'Driscoll clear and he finished superbly.
It was the reward Town deserved after some solid work by Sean Caffrey, Christian Connolly in defence, Rian Byrne Farrell and Luke Kelly.
But Boyne too had their workers, with Conor Vaughey, the industrious Michael Connolly, Ciaran Finnegan Moonan, Conor O'Neill, Ryan Brodigan and Brannigan to the fore.
Seconds after the restart Murphy darted off his line to block as Rovers sought an early reply, while at the other end Matthew Askins and O'Driscoll brought the best from Connor.
Ten minutes in, however, Meite's pace saw him race free and put the tie to bed at 2-0.
Robert Murphy, Cian Matthews, Maurice Quediago and Edvinas Butauskas added more to the Town effort and late on O'Connell bagged the third goal to make absolutely sure of that final spot.
DROGHEDA TOWN: Hugh Murphy, Aaron Moran, Cian Mathews, Rian Byrne Farrell, Christian Connolly, Conor Brennan, Sean Caffrey, Luke Kelly, Luke O'Driscoll, Thomas O'Connell, Robert Murphy, Matthew Askins, Femi Fanifosi, Maurice Quediago, Edvinas Butauskas, Bema Meite.