Tuesday 26 September 2017

Rampant Limerick plunge Drogs into crisis

Drogheda United 1 Limerick 4

Drogheda United manager Robbie Horgan watched his side suffer another heavy defeat last night against Limerick. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Drogheda United manager Robbie Horgan watched his side suffer another heavy defeat last night against Limerick. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Pressure is growing on Drogheda United boss Robbie Horgan after his charges slumped to another heavy defeat against an excellent Limerick side.

The Shannonsiders were stronger in every facet of the game as they followed up last week's impressive victory over St Pat's in style, inflicting a ninth defeat in 10 matches on their hosts.

Limerick broke the deadlock from their first attack on eight minutes, Danny Galbraith driving the ball home from 18 yards after latching onto Patrick Nzuzi's square pass.

The second came midway through the half when Tam McManus ran onto a Danny Galbraith flick and beat Dave Ryan at his near post.

Declan O'Brien pulled one back, bundling in a corner, but Limerick soon restored their two-goal lead, Shane Duggan brilliantly volleying past Ryan from 25 yards.

Drogheda conceded a calamitous fourth goal on 49 minutes when Shane Tracy's corner went straight in.

After that it was damage limitation for the home team, who somehow managed to avoid conceding again.

DROGHEDA UNITED – Ryan; Holohan, McNally, Doyle (Andrews h-t), Grimes; Brady (Walshe 79), Foley (Crowley 52), S O'Connor, Brennan; O'Neill; O'Brien.

LIMERICK – Ryan; Nzuzi, Oji, Folan, Tracy (Whitehead 81); Agyemang; Hughes, Duggan, Galbraith (Rainsford 88); Gaffney, McManus (Mann 74).

Ref – A Buttimer (Cork).

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