THEY say absence makes the heart grow fonder and after all the recent cancellations it was with great relief that Drogheda Boys Under-10s eventually got their league campaign back on track at the expense of Shamrock Rovers at Rathmullen last weekend.
Although they showed some signs of rustiness at times their overall performance certainly bodes well for the remainder of the season.
Drogheda grabbed the lead when Luke Boyle latched onto a fine through-ball from Eoghan Maguire and Boyle was again involved in the second Drogheda goal when he played a neat exchange of passes with Kyle McElroy who calmly slotted the ball past the advancing Rovers keeper.
The midfield of Josh Walls and Michael Soyemi kept things ticking over for the Boys and excellent wide play from Anthony O'Donnell, Ciaran Branigan and Fionn Maher continued to create more chances for the home team.
For all the good football witnessed in the first half, the workrate and defensive effort in the second period earned equally high praise from all those who were at the game.
Rovers did manage to score soon after the restart which put the outcome back in the melting pot and briefly took some of the composure out of Drogheda's play.
Ryan Campbell, when brought on as a substitute up front, found some magnificent positions, but the final pass to him just lacked the vital accuracy and the stars of the second half were certainly defenders Eoghan Maguire and Craig Connor and goalkeeper Ciaran O'Dwyer.
It was only when Soyemi got Drogheda's third goal with two minutes to go that victory was finally secured in what was a fine advertisement for schoolboy soccer.