Sunday 22 April 2018

Byrne gets ball rolling for clinical Fingal

Drogheda United 0
Sporting Fingal 4

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SPORTING Fingal hit four against Drogheda for the second time this season as they put another nail in the Boynesiders' relegation coffin at Hunky Dorys Park.

The outcome was all but settled inside 35 minutes as first-half goals from Conan Byrne, Gary O'Neill and Colin Hawkins put Liam Buckley's men in the driving seat.

Drogheda had their director of football Darius Kierans leading the team after manager Brian Donnelly departed during the week and right from the start there seemed little prospect of the home side ending their miserable run of one point from their last 27.

Just 12 minutes were on the clock when the visitors scored off their very first attack. Glen Crowe's cross should have been cut out by centre-half Yael Haro, but instead the ball was allowed run through to the six-yard area where 'keeper Robert Duggan fumbled, and Byrne was on hand to tap into the net.

Drogheda fell further behind in the 20th minute, Hawkins rising completely unchallenged to head Byrne's corner past Duggan.

Sporting kept their foot on the pedal and a Byrne cross deceived Duggan and bounced off the crossbar before the visitors extended their lead on 34 minutes, as O'Neill's mishit shot looped into the Drogheda net.

The woodwork came to Drogheda's rescue again on 43 minutes when Ronan Finn's effort hit the bar.

Inevitably, the game petered out after the break and Alan Kirby's 82nd-minute penalty -- awarded for a questionable foul by Kevin Ross on Crowe -- merely added to Drogheda's woes.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Duggan; Crowley, McNally, Haro, Osborne; Meenan, Daly, McMahon (Ross, 76), McEnteggart (Flood 67); Fitzpatrick (Harris, 59), McNamara.

SPORTING FINGAL -- Quigley; O'Brien, Browne, Hawkins, Fitzgerald (Quinn, 88); Finn (Dawson, 85), Kirby; Byrne, O'Neill, Crowe, Cahill.

Ref -- A Buttimer (Cork).

Irish Independent

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