Surprise result as the Crescent cruise to victory
DROGHEDA Marsh Crescent FC opened their league campaign in stunning fashion after a thumping 4-0 win away to Navan Town FC last Sunday.
The comprehensive victory was somewhat unexpected as recent trips to Navan have proved to be difficult to overcome for the Drogheda outfit.
The Crescent started the game on the front foot and the game was only five minutes old when Carl Dowling sprang the offside trap but he failed to score.
This set the tone for the game and the first goal came shortly after the ten minute mark when Robbie Daly skipped past two tackles and played a great defence splitting pass through to Ian Devine who found the back of the Navan net.
With Navan reeling from conceding, Jason O'Boyle crossed for Dowling who saw his header tipped over by the Navan 'keeper. The Drogheda side had further chances to extend their lead but missed some good chances.
With the first half almost over the Crescent grabbed a deserved second goal of the game when David Darby crossed for Dowling to power a header home to leave the away team in complete control of the game.
Any thoughts that the visiting team were going to rest on their laurels were quickly dismissed as Devine rattled the Navan Town crossbar with a free kick.
Despite their dominance the Crescent were grateful to 'keeper Keith Smith when he made a great save to keep the score at 2-0.
This missed chance seemed to spur the away side to up their intensity and they were celebrating a third goal when Dale Thornton fed Devine who hit the crossbar and Robbie Daly was on hand to tap home the rebound.
With the three points in the bag, Ian Devine raced onto a long ball from the Smith in goals and fired the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards for the fourth goal of the day.
Drogheda Marsh Crescent: Keith Smith, Jason O'Boyle, Gaz Byrne, Kevin Farrell, Michael Matthews, James Kilboyle, David Darby, Robbie Daily, Dale Thornton, Karl Dowling, Ian Devine.