Hoops sunk by sucker-punch
Drogheda United 2 Shamrock Rovers 1
Drogheda United ended a five-match run without a league victory thanks to a last-minute goal in a thrilling finale last night.
Sean Thornton's first-half penalty looked to be enough for United but Graham Burke's spot-kick levelled matters in the 89th minute.
However, there was late drama as Ryan McEvoy got his head to Thornton's free-kick. The ball took a touch off a Shamrock Rovers defender before beating Tomer Chencinski.
The visitors went close early on through Ronan Finn's header and Dave McAllister's goalbound effort.
Thornton earned Pete Mahon's strugglers the penalty in the first half. The midfielder was brought down by Sam Bone in the area and he picked himself up to open the scoring.
After the break, Rovers had chances to equalise through Trevor Clarke and sub Sean Boyd and eventually drew level when referee Rob Rogers pointed to the spot and Burke netted from 12 yards. In the protests, Sean Brennan was red-carded.
But the hosts weren't to be denied. McEvoy headed home in injury-time to give Drogheda their first home win over Rovers in the league in 12 years.
Drogheda Utd - McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, Farragher, Dunne; Purdy, Thornton, Hyland; G Brennan (S Brennan 39), McCaffrey (McEvoy 89), Doyle (Byrne 81).
Shamrock Rovers - Chencinski; Madden, Lopes (Meenan 67), Devine, Clarke; Webster, McAllister (Boyd 61), Finn; Bone (Doona 76), Shaw, Burke.
Ref - R Rogers (Dublin)