Monday 19 February 2018

Pace-setters Crescent twice have to come from behind

EARLY Division 1 pace-setters Drogheda Marsh Crescent had to come from behind twice before going on to collect full points at Kentstown on Sunday.

The hosts were one of the teams relegated from the Premier last May, but they took advantage of poor defending to open the scoring on 15 minutes.

It took 35 minutes for Marsh to find their shooting boots and it was Gary Bedford who hauled them back level with a shot from 18 yards, only for Kentstown to reply immediately courtesy of a great long-range strike.

Crucially, Marsh levelled for a second time just before the interval, with Ian Devine tapping home, and that gave the away side the impetus to go on and complete their third win from as many outings.

They took the lead for the first time in the game on 67 minutes when Devine delivered a free kick onto the head of Robbie Daly who did the rest, and 10 minutes from time Devine latched onto a booming clearance by Mickey Matthews and rounded the Kentstown keeper to put the result beyond doubt.

Marsh's back four of Matthews, Jason O'Boyle, Robbie Craig and Kevin Farrell also deserve a mention as they were excellent overall in what was a tough away fixture.

The mettle they showed in this match, combined with the form they have shown in hitting 14 goals in their three games so far, surely bodes well for the rest of the season.

DROGHEDA MARSH CRESCENT: Simon Neary, Jason O'Boyle, Mickey Matthews, Robbie Craig, Kevin Farrell, Gary Bedford (Keith Wallace), James Guilfoyle, Robbie Daly, Ciaran O'Brien, Ian Devine, Karl Dowling.

Drogheda Independent

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