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Mulvenna Drogheda hero

Tiernan Mulvenna hit a hat-trick as Drogheda hammered Bohemians at Dalymount Park to clinch second place.

Drogheda were quicker out of the blocks, and it was no surprise to see the Louth men take the lead in the 24th minute with a goal of beautiful simplicity, as Mulvenna raced onto a sublime through ball from Sean Brennan to confidently despatch a rising shot beyond Greg Murray.

After spurning a glorious chance in the 41st minute, Mulvenna made amends with a crisp finish from Stephen Quigley's delivery three minutes later, but Evan McMillan had the last word of the half when volleying home from 14 yards after an uncharacteristic fumble by Gabriel Sava in the United goal.

However, any momentum that goal may have given the hosts was quickly erased after the break as Drogheda captain Alan McNally's near-post header from Philip Hand's corner restored his side's two-goal advantage in the 49th minute.

The hosts were being overrun, but on the hour mark they reminded their opponents of their quality when sub Keith Ward was unfortunate to see his 25-yard free-kick cannon to safety off Sava's right-hand upright.

Mulvenna had been a livewire all evening and the hat-trick that his performance merited duly arrived in the 69th minute as he pounced on a handling error from Murray to slot home from four yards, with his late injury a disappointing footnote.

Bohemians -- Murray, Heary, Feely, McMillan, Barker; Buckley, Traynor (Ward 46), Pender, McEvoy, Mulligan (Moore 46); Corcoran (Scully 71).

Drogheda United -- Sava; Quigley, Prendergast (Marks 86), McNally, Hand; Gannon (Sullivan 25), Byrne, Crowley, R Brennan; S Brennan, Mulvenna (Breen 88).

Ref -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent