DROGHEDA Boys' Under-11 Major team made their longawaited comeback to action following the 'big freeze' and were just pipped in a sevengoal thriller.
League leaders Home Farm had only conceded three goals all season prior to this game, so the Boys can take some satisfaction in spoiling that nearperfect defensive record.
But they continued what has become a worrying habit this season, by conceding an early goal from Home Farm's first attack, before Ryan Corry climbed highest to power a header narrowly wide for the visitors.
Despite attacking in waves, Drogheda fell 2-0 in arrears from their hosts' second forward surge of the game.
It got worse for the visitors when Kieran Duffy was the victim of a chest-high challenge and couldn't continue, but after laying siege to the Home Farm goal in the second half Drogheda pulled one back with a well-taken Jordan Duffy effort.
The Boys subsequently missed a number of chances to draw level, and their hosts broke away twice to open up a near unassailable 4-1 lead.
Still, Drogheda's heads didn't drop and two super goals from Conor Whelan set up a thrilling finish, only for Home Farm to slow the game down and frustrate the Boys in the closing stages.
In the end, Drogheda will reflect that they had more than enough chances to win the game by a wide margin, and they certainly played a full part in a super game of football.