Tuesday 24 April 2018

Drogs continue scoring streak in pre-season

Marcus Cavaroli

Nobody will be getting carried away by results in pre-season, but confidence will be high in the Drogheda United camp nevertheless after they kept their 100% record in friendlies intact with three consecutive victories over the past week.

Having started 2017 with a 4-1 win over neighbours Drogheda Town almost a fortnight ago, the Drogs travelled north last Tuesday to face Irish Premiership outfit Ballinamallard United, who were coming off the back of an impressive win against Glentoran.

And it was a more than satisfying night's work as American trialist Ryan Masch helped himself to a brace of goals and Thomas Byrne converted his second penalty of pre-season in a 3-0 win.

Twenty four hours later the Drogs overcame Cabinteely 5-1 in their first appearance of the year at United Park, thanks to goals from Mark Doyle (2), trialist Joe Efford (2) and Gareth McCaffrey.

Doyle opened the scoring and man-of-the-match Efford then made it 2-1 after Cabo had briefly drawn level from the penalty spot.

In the second half McCaffrey hit the post before Doyle tapped

in and Efford struck from 20 yards to make it 4-1. McCaffrey then completed the scoring with a stunning shot from distance after playing a one-two with Nathan Seery.

Seery was a half-time substitute for Jamie Hollywood and fellow local youngsters Emmet Carolan and James Carroll - a 16-year-old son of former Drogs assistant manager and player John Carroll - were also introduced in the second half.

Cabinteely had former Drogs Victor Ekanem and Daire Doyle in their starting line-up, while veteran striker Jason Byrne came on in the second half as a substitute.

Then on Friday night Drogheda continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win at Carlow IT against the team they beat in last November's promotion play-off, Wexford Youths, making it three wins in as many days and four on the bounce in 2017.

Sean Thornton (penalty) and Marc Griffin were on target in that game against a Wexford team which included two of last season's Drogheda squad - Liam Donnelly and Collon native John McKeown.

Drogheda Independent