Mulvenna makes his mark as Drogs edge past brave Galway
Drogheda United 1 Galway United 0
TIARNAN Mulvenna's first-half goal handed Drogheda a priceless win as they inflicted an 18th consecutive defeat on rock-bottom Galway at Hunky Dorys Park.
One goal proved enough against Sean Connor's side, who finished the game with 10 men after having one of their debutants red-carded in the final quarter.
Drogheda, who ran Shamrock Rovers so close last week, made a poor start and their 'keeper Stephen Trimble twice had to look alert to make diving saves from Bobby Ryan and Alan Murphy.
The pace of right-winger Jinlu Kim, one of two Koreans making their Galway debuts, was causing particular concern, but Drogheda had their own tricky winger in Gavin Brennan and his brilliant delivery from the left was almost touched in by Brian Gannon on 18 minutes.
The visitors' defence was unlocked again two minutes later, though, and this time Drogheda made it count as Stephen Quigley picked out Mulvenna who toe-poked past the advancing Conor Winn.
Galway created a couple of half-chances early in the second half, but Trimble remained untroubled and the visitors' chances of rescuing something from the game disappeared when they had their other Korean player Yob Son sent off following a nasty clash of heads with Brennan.
DROGHEDA UNITED -- Trimble; Quigley, McNally, Rogers, Hand; Gannon, Lynch, McMahon, Brennan; Mulvenna, Corcoran (White 50).
GALWAY UNITED -- Winn; E Kelly, Browne, Son, Walsh; Kim, G Kelly, Sinnott, Ryan; Murphy, Cauldwell.
Ref -- P Sutton (Clare).