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Saint Killian catches Drogs at the death

KILLIAN Brennan heaped misery on his hometown club Drogheda United to hand St Patrick's Athletic all three points in their Airtricity Premier Division clash at Hunky Dorys Park yesterday.

This clash looked to be heading towards a stalemate until an injury-time penalty from Brennan gifted the Saints a 2-1 win, with Drogheda having earlier missed a spot-kick.

St Pat's boss Liam Buckley believes the penalties changed the course of the game, but that his side deserved the win: "The penalties were the deciding factors. The first penalty was against the run of play I would have felt and obviously with him missing it, it gave us a bit of a lift. We pushed on, made a couple of substitutions and in fairness I thought if anyone was going to win it, it was going to be us. It's a great result for us."

After a tame first half, Drogheda started the second half in a livelier fashion, but Pat's looked in control until Gavin Brennan's shot into the box hit big brother Killian on the hand, earning the home side a penalty with just 20 minutes remaining – but Declan O'Brien dragged his shot wide. Substitute Christy Fagan then latched onto a cross by Ger O'Brien, drilling a low shot past Sava from the edge of the six yard box for the opening goal with nine minutes remaining.

Drogheda looked to have snatched a draw when Ryan Brennan smashed a volley into the roof of the Saints' net on 90 minutes but their celebrations were short-lived when Alan Byrne suffered another ball-to-hand incident just inside the Drogheda box and Killian Brennan smashed the resulting penalty high into the net.