DROGHEDA UNITED remain in the hunt for a European place next season but they made their fans sweat before sealing a 2-1 win at home to Shelbourne last night.
United are in third place in the league table, a point behind St Patrick's Athletic after picking up their fourth win in five games.
Declan O'Brien had put Drogheda in front from the penalty spot on 21 minutes but the home side had to endure a frustrating time after that before Ryan Brennan made it 2-0 with five minutes left.
Yet an 89th-minute goal from Philip Hughes, his 10th league goal of the season, made it a nervy end to the game for the home side, who still held on for their win and United now focus on their next task of beating UCD at home on Saturday week.
There was a blow for Shels as defender Gareth Matthews was sent off along with Drogheda's Gavin Brennan and Matthews will now be suspended for Sunday's FAI Cup semi-final clash with Derry City.