Sunday 17 December 2017

Byrne lifts Saints off the bottom with crucial strike

St Patrick's Athletic 2 Drogheda 0

Football pitch
Football pitch

Kurtis Byrne scored for the third successive match to cement St Patrick’s Athletic’s first win in six games, lifting them off the bottom and up to eighth.

Welcome rain added pace to the surface, with St Pat’s starting purposefully to go on and dominate the first half.

Christy Fagan fired wide from a Byrne pull-back before Liam Buckley’s side went in front on seven minutes.

Conan Byrne’s free-kick found the run of Ian Bermingham and the skipper planted his low shot past keeper Stephen McGuinness.

Their high tempo unrelenting, St Pat’s got well on top, with Conan Byrne shooting wide before McGuinness saved well from Darragh Markey’s drive.

The one-way traffic continued with Fagan twice off target either side of McGuinness getting down well to save a drive from Kurtis Byrne.

And McGuinness was there again with the stop of the half right on the break when pushing Kurtis Byrne’s drive over the top.

But McGuinness was beaten for a second time two minutes after the interval.

The impressive Markey (19) skilfully beat a man on the left to lift a sublime ball through for Kurtis Byrne, who swept home with his right foot.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – O’Malley; Barker, Peers, Feely, Bermingham; Desmond, Kelly (Cregg 79); C. Byrne (A O’Hanlon 40), Markey, K Byrne; Fagan (B Dennehy 86).

DROGHEDA UNITED – McGuinness; Elworthy, Gallagher, McGuigan, Kane; Byrne (Dunne 88), Purdy, K Brennan (S Brennan 69), McCaffrey (Doyle, 70); Hyland; Griffin.

REF – A Buttimer (Cork)

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