McCaffrey stuns Tribe on Keegan's first day
Galway 0 Drogheda 1
Gareth McCaffrey scored the winning goal as Drogheda United got their Premier Division campaign off to the perfect start with a win at Eamonn Deacy Park.
McCaffrey was sprung from the bench in the 71st minute and he scored 10 minutes later to ruin new manager Shane Keegan's first competitive game in charge of the Tribesmen.
New Galway signing Ronan Murray had a number of opportunities to score on his debut but he couldn't find his way past the impressive Stephen McGuinness.
The visitors also had plenty of chances in a lively first half, with Stephen Elliott and Adam Wixted both going close to putting them ahead.
Murray had another couple of opportunities after half-time, but he failed to take any of them and Galway paid the penalty when McCaffrey finished expertly after rounding Ciaran Nugent.
Galway United - Nugent; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Shanahan (Cunningham 18), Cawley, Holohan, Devaney; Murray; VFaherty.
Drogheda United - McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, McGuigan, Dunne; Wixted (Byrne 64), Brennan (Thornton 47), Purdy, JHyland, G Brennan; Elliot (GMcCaffrey 71).
Referee - R Hennessy (Limerick).