Thursday 14 December 2017

Drogheda delight as Galway United succumb to defeat at United Park

Drogheda manager Johnny McDonnell
Drogheda manager Johnny McDonnell

GOALS in each half from Lee Duffy and Sean Thornton helped Drogheda United to a second straight home league as Galway United succumbed to defeat at United Park.

Drogheda 2 Galway United 0

Looking for just their second win in 13 league outings, Johnny McDonnell decided to leave strikers Daryl Kavanagh and Tiernan Mulvenna on the bench and instead handed a debut to Adam Whelan in attack.

After a demoralising defeat to Sligo at the Showgrounds last week, Drogheda started brightly against a Galway team enjoying their best spell of the season having won four of their last five in league and cup.

Duffy and Sean Brennan both went close with efforts inside the opening ten minutes while young defender Robert O’Reilly almost turned in when Sean Thornton’s corner skimmed off a Galway head and landed kindly at the youngster’s feet.

Despite top scorer Enda Curran and Padraic Cunningham both forcing Michael Schlingermann into saves, Drogheda’s 33rd minute lead was deserved. Lee Duffy latched onto a through ball and he rounded Conor Winn and tapped in.

The lead was almost doubled as half time approached but Thornton’s free kick hit the woodwork. However, with Galway struggling to create anything of note, they did stretch their lead in the second half.

Duffy’s curling shot was superbly saved by Winn but the ball wasn’t cleared and Thornton was there to coolly finish.

DROGHEDA - Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, O’Reilly, Gorman; Brennan (Maher, 83), Thornton, Hughes; Whelan (Kavanagh, 75), Marks (Walshe, 84), Duffy.

GALWAY UTD – Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Walshe, Rafferty (Ludden 41); O’Leary, Shanahan, Connolly, Cunningham (Molloy 70); Keegan, Curran (Byrne 78).

REF – B Connolly

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