Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Brien seals Drogs comeback

Galway United 1
Drogheda United 2

The fact that Galway United and Drogheda United are still operating at this level is an achievement, but there was still no shortage of significance at Terryland Park as the Boynesiders eked out their first win of the season to move off the bottom of the table.

Galway's miserable record on the banks of the Corrib, where goals and points have been scarce, didn't seem to matter initially as Sean Connor's men started the contest with a bite that had been lacking previously.

Galway ruled the opening quarter, with Karl Moore and Alan Murphy putting Drogheda under duress and they broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when Mikey Gilmore finished off Shane Keogh's cross with a crisp drive.

Galway were motoring smoothly, but they were then caught out twice in five minutes as Drogheda summoned a brave second-half fightback.

In the 63rd minute, substitute Darragh Hannaphy equalised following Darragh McNamara's clever footwork.

Drogheda then nicked another on 67 minutes as Mark O'Brien slammed past the advancing Galway 'keeper Greg Fleming.

Galway United -- Fleming; Sinnott, Maher, Walsh, Keogh; Ryan, Feeney (Eduardo 42), G Kelly (Cash 70), Moore; Murphy (Curran 46), Gilmore.

Drogheda United -- Trimble; C O'Brien, McNally, Ekanem, Hand; McNamara, McCrossan (Thompson 46), Quigley, M O'Brien, Freeman (Hannaphy 46); Corcoran.

Ref -- G Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent

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