Wednesday 21 February 2018

Osbourne stunner rocks Saints

St Patrick's Ath 0 Drogheda Utd 1

ST PATrick'S ATH 0 DROGHEDA UTD 1 Neil Ahern

Eoghan Osbourne snatched a first win of the season for Drogheda United against all the odds with a stunning 94th-minute free-kick at Richmond Park last night.

In the process, the left-back put an end to St Patrick's Athletic's unbeaten run, although results elsewhere dictated that the shell-shocked Saints remain joint top alongside Dundalk.

Pete Mahon's men should have had the game won by the 75th minute after they were presented with a number of opportunities. Ryan Guy dithered over the ball when he found himself clean through on goal and Alan McNally recovered to limit the American to a tame effort on 66 minutes.

And they had two more golden opportunities within five minutes when Paul Byrne's free header six yards out flicked off a defender and over before the striker's namesake, Stuart, tamely headed the ball wide three minutes later.

The Boynesiders made the most of their very last attack when Osbourne fired a screamer into Gary Rogers' right-hand post at the death.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers; Pender, Kenna, Guthrie, Lynch; Cash (Coughlan 72), S Byrne, Mulcahy, Guy; P Byrne, Faherty (Williams 81).

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Murphy; King, McNally, Harris, Osbourne; O'Connor, Crowley, Daly, Duffy (Flood 83); Fiztpatrick, Martin (McGill 90).

REF -- R Winter (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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