Returning Brennan punishes Drogheda
DROGHEDA UNITED 0 ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC 2
Late goals from Killian Brennan and Jamie McGrath helped St Pat’s bounce back from their European exit and pick up a fifth straight league win.
Drogheda native Brennan was in the thick of the action throughout had already seen a first-half penalty saved and a free-kick strike the bar before he met Conan Byrne’s 75th-minute corner to head home the opener.
In injury time, Jamie McGrath slotted into an empty net to seal the points and move St Pat’s into third. Brennan, the only one of four brothers not to play for his home-town club, almost handed the away side the lead in spectacular fashion ten minutes in. His free-kick from 20 yards had Micheal Schlingermann beaten but not the crossbar.
The eldest brother was lining up against his brother Sean, but wasn’t endearing himself to the home crowd. That wasn’t set to improve just after the half hour when Adam Whelan clumsily shoved into him in the area. It looked a penalty but Brennan made it look all the more elaborate. The home crowd were in uproar, but were soon in delirium as Brennan’s spot-kick was saved by Schlingermann.
Mark Hughes and Tiarnan Mulvenna shot wide from promising positions for United while Ian Bermingham did well to get back and block an Adam Whelan shot.
Within five minutes of the restart, St Pat’s had hit the crossbar for a second time. The unlikely figure of Ger O’Brien’s curled a shot that beat Schlingermann but bounced to safety.
Brennan’s opener arrived 15 minutes from time. The returning Conan Byrne, making his first league appearance since May, sent in the corner and Brennan powered home from close range. That was before substitute Morgan Langley squared for McGrath to tap into an empty net two minutes into injury time.
DROGHEDA UTD – Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, O’Reilly, Gorman; Hughes (Maher, 77), Thornton, Brennan (Bayly, 77), Whelan (Pender, 80), Marks; Mulvenna.
ST PAT’S ATHLETIC – Clarke; O’Brien, McGuinness, Browne, Bermingham; Bolger, Brennan, Byrne (McCormack, 87), McGrath, Greene (Langley, 73); Forrester.
REF – R Rogers