Thursday 20 June 2019

Four-midable Town eye promotion bid

Soccer, Leinster Senior League, Major Sunday: Trinity Donaghmede 1 Drogheda Town 4

Drogheda Town kept their promotion hopes alive with a comprehensive 4-1 win away to Trinity Donaghmede on Friday.

It was a welcome win for the Marian Park outfit following two poor results in the recent cup competitions.

Assistant manager Barry Kelly took charge of his first league game, and having had a positive update on the health of current boss Robbie Horgan, Kelly and the squad were in a positive mood heading to Dublin.

Town started the game brightly, putting it up to their more experienced opponents from the first whistle. Darren Kavanagh had the best chance of the opening period when he beat the Trinity keeper, only to see his shot hit the top of the crossbar and bounce over.

Trinity were showing very evident signs of tiredness as early as the half-hour mark and Town continued to attack at every opportunity, with Jordan Kelly eventually breaking the deadlock to send his side in 1-0 ahead at the break.

The hosts kicked off for the second half and were immediately forced back until they lost possession. The ball was forced out wide to Marty Walsh and he squared for Kelly to finish neatly for his and Town's second.

Thomas O'Connell defied his tender 17 years and proved to be one of the more pivotal players in the team, pulling the strings from the front with the skill of someone much more experienced. However, it was Kavanagh completed the rout with a well-taken brace, and despite conceding a goal in that second half, Town can be very pleased with their performance.

The win moves Town to fifth and by winning their game in hand they could move into one of the promotion spots, although they still have to face some of the big-hitters in the division.

Kelly, who said he got involved with the club to help develop youth players in the town, said a promotion-clinching season would not only mean a lot to him, but would be great for Horgan and Town stalwarts such as Mick Toner.

Drogheda Town: Lee McGuinness, Andy Hickey, Stephen Doran, Sam Reilly, Eoghan Breathnach (Stephen Waters 75), Marty Walsh (Michele Corsi 77), Dean Haggins, Roy Kierans, Thomas O'Connell (Dean Clarke 79), Darren Kavanagh, Jordan Kelly.

Drogheda Independent