Sunday 28 December 2014

No new dawn as Drogheda slip closer to relegation zone

Press Association

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

Danny North, Sligo Rovers, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal
Danny North, Sligo Rovers, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal
Danny North, Sligo Rovers, in action against Mick Daly, Drogheda United

On the night when a new manager appeared in the Drogheda dug-out, there was hope of a new dawn. But it never materialised as the home side lost their 11th league game out of 12 to slip closer towards the relegation zone.

Drogheda 1 Sligo 2

And they can have few complaints. Sligo scored twice within the opening 21 minutes through Danny North and Kieran Djilali, and appeared set for an easy night at the office until they were penalised in the 38th minute, when Kalem Spillane fouled Declan O'Brien under the nose of referee Derek Tomney.

A penalty was awarded and duly converted by Gavin Brennan and for seven brief minutes a window of opportunity opened for Drogheda. Then it was closed when their big defender Paul Andrews was spotted kicking out at North by Buttimer.

With a red card issued, Drogheda were a man down and a goal down and in big trouble. And they never got out of it.

Drogheda United – Schlingermann; Daly, Andrews, Crowley, Grimes; Brady (Walshe 69), Holohan, Maher, Doyle, Brennan; O'Brien (O'Connor 80)

Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Gaynor, Spillane, Conneely, Ledwith; Cretaro, Russell, O'Conor, Cawley, Djilali; North (Greene 90 )

Ref – D Tomney (Dublin)

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