Thursday 14 December 2017

Shaw downs ten-man Drogs

Drogheda 0 Longford 3

Drogheda United manager Mark Kinsella
Drogheda United manager Mark Kinsella

Drogheda United's battle against automatic relegation will go to the final day after they fell to yet another league defeat at the hands of Longford Town at United Park

Mark Kinsella's side went both a goal and a man down in the opening eight minutes and the strugglers now go to into next week's final-day trip to Shamrock Rovers knowing defeat could condemn them to the drop.

Gary Shaw's third-minute header was adjudged to have crossed the line by the assistant referee and things got much worse for the home side soon after.

Joe Gorman was booked twice in quick succession, leaving Drogheda with over 80 minutes to play with just ten men.

Shaw's 78th-minute goal made life comfortable for the visitors before Stephen Rice's struck on 90 minutes to seal the win and ensure Longford's safety.

LONGFORD - Skinner; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter (Mulhall, 30), Powell; Shaw, Gannon (Salmon, 87), O'Connor, Rice, Ben Mohamed; O'Sullivan (Kelly, 76).

DROGHEDA - Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, Gorman, Marks; Bayly (McKenna, 75), Thornton, Hughes, Treacy (Whelan 79), Brennan; Mulvenna (Donnelly, 86).

REF - P Sutton

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