Hand stuns Dundalk
Dundalk 1 Drogheda United 2
DROGHEDA produced their best showing of the season to bring their neighbours' unbeaten home record to an end last night.
Goals from Dinny Corcoran and Philip Hand put the visitors in the driving seat at Oriel Park, and although Daniel Kearns pulled one back in the 85th minute, Dundalk couldn't find an equaliser.
Mick Cooke's men had the best of the chances in the first half. Corcoran's 20th-minute half-volley looked to have crossed the line only for assistant referee Rhona Daly to keep the flag by her side.
Corcoran, though, made no mistake four minutes later, rising above Peter Cherrie to glance home a Hand free-kick.
Drogheda doubled their advantage in the 47th minute when Hand found the top corner with a wonderful 30-yard free-kick.
Dundalk threw everything forward in a bid to get back into it, and Mark Quigley and Marc Griffin both went close.
Kearns eventually scored late on, but Drogheda held on to secure the three points.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Hawkins, Guthrie (Breen 86), Gaynor; Kearns, Bennett (Duffy 89), Bolger, Ward (N Murphy 34), Quigley; Griffin.
DROGHEDA UNITED --Trimble; Nolan (Thompson 90), McNally, Ekanem, Hand; O'Brien, Gannon, Quigley, Freeman; Corcoran, Mulvenna (Hanaphy 70).
REF -- T Connolly (Dublin).