Sunday 19 November 2017

Derby tie goes well as Town struggle

FAI Junior Cup: Newfoundwell 3 Drogheda Town 1

Newfoundwell picked up a victory for themselves and for the North East Football League when overcoming their Leinster Senior neighbours Drogheda Town in this FAI Junior Cup tie at DIFE on Sunday.

The win was even more comfortable than the scoreline suggests and the 'Well will also be looking to maintain their interest in the Leinster competition next weekend when they travel to Ballyfermot Town.

With Alan Murphy pulling the strings in midfield, the hosts bossed the game from the start and the only surprise was that it took 44 minutes for them to open the scoring.

When it came it was something special, though, as Cormac Reid played a couple of neat one-twos before striding into the box and shooting past Michal Skrzyckak via the upright.

At the other end Town rarely posed a threat in the first half, with Tadhg O'Brien the only man to work 'Well keeper Ronan Brown.

Town boss Robbie Horgan made one substitution at the interval, hoping to turn things around in the second half, but the 'Well defence held firm and they took a huge step towards reaching the third round on the hour mark when Ian Devine slotted home after brilliant approach work from Cormac Reid.

Worse was to follow for Town as Devine helped himself to his second goal and the 'Well's third on the 70-minute mark. Once again it was an excellent team goal as Ross Reid - Cormac's brother - crossed into the six-yard area for Devine to strike once more.

Town, having already made three substitutions, then lost Barry Kelly with hamstring trouble and the defender spent 10 minutes off the field before limping back on in the hope of his team salvaging something from the game.

They did pull a goal back on 72 minutes when Paddy O'Boyle conceded a free kick and the ball was played into the box and spilled by 'Well keeper Ronan Brown, allowing Ciaran Cluskey Kelly to bundle into the net.

But it was too little too late, and on the back of their result in Leinster the previous week, Town have now been knocked out of both major knockout competitions in the space of a week.

Afterwards, Horgan accepted that the best team won on the day, bemoaning what he called a lack of conviction both defensively and in attack from his own side.

NEWFOUNDWELL: Ronan Brown, Daryl McDonagh, Kevin Bull, Paddy O'Boyle, Alan Murphy, Ryan Connor, Cormac Reid, Ross Reid, Craig O'Connor, Ian Devine (Adam Brady), Jordan Duffy (Brian Kermode). Subs not used: Gaz Smith, Kenny Hurley, David Donovan.

DROGHEDA TOWN: Michal Skrzypckak, Marty Walsh, Ciaran Cluskey Kelly, Dean Haggins, Andy Hickey, Neil Donnelly, Tadhg O'Brien, Barry Kelly, Roy Kierans, Dale Harding, Michele Corsi. Subs: Emmanuel Santos, Dean Smith, Andrew Tinley, Scott Byrne, Callum Cooney, Stevie Watters, Alex Reilly.

Referee: Conor Byrne

Drogheda Independent

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