Coughlan kills off dire Drogs
Drogheda United 0 Limerick 2
Pete Mahon saw his Drogheda United side extend their winless run to 11 league games as Limerick took all three points at United Park.
Goals in each half from Robbie Williams and Garbhan Coughlan sent Limerick into the top six of the division and left Drogheda without a win since April.
The opener was controversial and United will have every right to feel aggrieved. Rodrigo Tosi headed on Lee Lynch's free-kick and Robbie Williams met it at the back post to head in.
Linesman Darren Carey raised his flag to Limerick's disappointment but referee Rob Harvey had other ideas. He overruled his assistant and gave the goal.
Drogheda have scored just once in eight games now. They came closest to an equaliser when Ciaran McGuigan's header was well saved by Brendan Clarke before half-time.
Limerick looked the more dangerous going forward. Williams was a threat at set-pieces while Bastien Hery was a driving force in midfield.
After Mark Doyle shot wide for the home side, sub Coughlan secured the win on 86 minutes. A forward ball wasn't dealt with at all by the United defence.
Coughlan beat Stephen McGuinness in a race to the ball and headed over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the empty net.
It was Limerick's first clean sheet in 12 attempts.
DROGHEDA UNITED - McGuinness; Deasy (Elworthy, 41), Gallagher, McGuigan, Kane; Purdy (Thornton, 46), McEvoy, S Brennan; Doyle, Wixted, Masterson (Meaney, 73).
LIMERICK - Clarke; Kelly, Whitehead, Williams, O'Connor; Hery, Duggan (O'Conor, 88), Lynch, Ogbene (Coughlan, 77), Clarke (Kenny, 68), Tosi.
Ref - R Harvey (Dublin)