Drogheda saved by captain fantastic
Drogheda Boys showed tremendous character and a never-say-die attitude to secure this hard-fought win against a very disciplined St Joseph's team.
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It was the Drogs' first game back in the league following their recent mid-season trip to Barcelona, and the away side started the brighter, with Brandon Bermingham very unlucky not to open the scoring on four minutes following a superb solo run when he beat three defenders and the goalkeeper before seeing his effort agonisingly miss past the far post.
The visitors opened the scoring on 13 minutes when a brilliantly delivered corner from Cameron Fay was met by Jay Hughes with a cracking header which went in off the post. However, this seemed to initiate a revival from the Joes who came back fighting and equalised following a good flowing move and a thunderbolt shot to the roof of the net.
For a spell Drogheda were on the ropes and their hosts struck again three minutes later to take a 2-1 lead into the interval.
However, with the help of a change in formation, Drogheda ended the first half the better side, and Luke Campbell then made an impact when coming on as a sub.
Captain Pedro White was also driving the Drogs forward and they equalised on 44 minutes gone when Bermingham deftly clipped the ball over the Joes defence and wing-back Neal Hodgins - who was magnificent on the day in his attacking play - made no mistake with a first-time half-volleyed finish.
The comeback was complete on 53 minutes when player of the match White got his name on the scoresheet. Again, Fay was instrumental in the goal when his excellent free kick delivery was met by White, whose header crashed down off the crossbar. Hughes, who was first to react from the rebound, headed into the path of White who volleyed in from close range.
Drogheda BOYS: Josh Farrell, Neal Hodgins, Rian Aikpitanyi, Cathal Maguire, Adam McDonnell, Cameron Fay, Pedro White, Kevin Ilonky (Luke Campbell), Brandon Bermingham, Ciaran Finnegan, Jay Hughes (Henri Mooney).