Thursday 14 December 2017

Amond keeps Sligo in hunt for Euro spot

Drogheda United 2
Sligo Rovers 3

PADRAIG Amond boosted Sligo's faint hopes of a European spot with a late winner -- his second goal of the game -- to sink Drogheda at Hunky Dorys Park last night.

In a game short on quality but full of endeavour, Paul Cook's team just about deserved their victory.

The game burst into life in the 14th minute when Drogheda right-back Eric McGill was fouled by Iarflaith Davoren out wide on the halfway line, and McGill's hopeful ball into the box was flicked beyond 'keeper Richard Brush by Glen Fitzpatrick for the lead goal.

All that was immediately undone, however, as a foul by Darren Meenan presented Sligo with a similar opportunity and Richie Ryan's free picked out Gavin Peers whose downward header bounced over the stranded Paul Skinner.

After a half-hour Sligo were ahead when Gary McCabe's long ball out of defence picked out the unmarked Amond. Skinner advanced from his goal to close down the angle, but the Sligo striker won the ball in the tackle before rolling it into the empty net.

A half-time substitution from Drogheda boss Darius Kierans produced an instant result. Six minutes in, centre-back Alan McNally delivered a good cross and Ronan McEnteggart -- a replacement for Meenan -- rose above two Sligo defenders to power a header past Brush.

However, the Bit O' Red kept pushing and got their reward on 83 minutes when Peers drove forward before teeing up Amond.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Skinner; E McGill, McNally, Daly, Kendrick; Meenan (McEnteggart 46, Kierans 84), Crowley (Duffy 87), McMahon, R Brennan; Fitzpatrick, Flood.

SLIGO ROVERS -- Brush; Keane, Peers, Laughlin, Davoren; McCabe (Dillon 77), Russell (O'Grady 65), Ryan, Doyle (Blinkhorn 77), Amond, Ndo.

Ref -- D Hanney (Dublin).

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