Dundalk lose derby
DUNDALK Summer League suffered a narrow defeat to their Drogheda counterparts in a challenge match played on Saturday night last staged at Boyne RFC.
It was a keenly contested tussle in which the hosts took the lead in the first 10 minutes with a touch of good fortune.
Dundalk took a while to settle, but then grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and were rewarded with an equaliser after good play by Stefan McKevitt, Gary Clarke and Mickey O'Kane. The ball broke to Ryan Dillon on the edge of the box and he lobbed it into the net.
Drogheda regained the upper hand before the break, but both sides in the second half had opportunities to go ahead before Drogheda grabbed the decisive goal five minutes from time. Dane Harrison saved the initial shot, but home winger Jack Kierans tucked away the loose ball.
With three minutes left striker Mickey O'Kane was about to break free of the Drogheda defence when the referee blew up for a free, with his jersey being pulled.
Ger Conlon had an outstanding game for Dundalk at left-back, and the central defensive pairing of Aidan Sheekey and Jason Mulligan also impressed for the losers.
Dundalk: David Lynch (Dane Harrison 70), Stefan McKevitt, Ger Conlon, Jason Mulligan, Aidan Sheekey, Anto McLaughlin (Jason Brennan 55), Gary Clarke (Padraig Smith 55), Owen Armstrong, Wojtek Gladyz (Damien Bond 65), Mickey O'Kane, Ryan Dillon (Stuart Osborne 65). Other sub used: Paul Minford.