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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 26, 2010
Venue: Morton Stadium
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Eamon Zayed 5' -
Scored: 5'


Ronan Finn 25' -
Scored: 25'


Jamie Harris 47' -
OG: 47'


Gary O'Neill 78' -
Scored: 78'


Scored: 10'
- Robbie Martin 10'



Sporting Fingal 4-1 Drogheda United

Sat, Mar 27 2010
Drogheda United remain second from bottom after somehow losing 4-1 to Sporting Fingal at the Morton Stadium in a match in which the scoreline did not accurately reflect the balance of play.

The home side got the perfect start when they took an early lead through ex-Drogs striker Eamon Zayed after just six minutes. Zayed calmly put the ball 'keeper Paul Skinner after a Conan Byrne cross from the left.

The visitors instantly went looking for an equaliser, and found it on 12 minutes through Robbie Martin. Scoring his first ever goal in claret and blue, Martin finished after a penalty area scramble.

Brendan McGill starred for the away side in the first half, marauding down the Fingal flanks and crossing dangerously on several occasions. However, against the run of play, Sporting took the lead after 25 minutes.

Ronan Finn started and finished a move involving Byrne and Gary O'Neill, the ex-UCD midfielder scoring with a stunning low drive from 30 yards out.

Finn could have earned The Ravens a penalty just before half time as the last Drogheda defender appeared to have hauled him down in the box, but it was judged not to be a penalty. Sporting came out from the break with a renewed attacking impetus.

For all this, Liam Buckley's side's third was a fortunate one when Jamie Harris diverted a Byrne cross into his own net on 47 minutes. Vying to scramble back a two-goal deficit, Drogheda did have their chances, but Fingal largely dominated for the rest of the match.

On 66 minutes Paul Crowley spurned a golden chance to claw one back for the Drogs as the defender shot over an open goal from yards out and the final nail was put in the Drogheda coffin on 78 minutes.

After the away side failed to clear their lines, O'Neill turned inside Eoghan Osbourne and shot passed Skinner to make it 4-1.

Sporting Fingal: Clarke; Browne, Maher, Paisley (Quinn, 46), O'Brien; Byrne, Finn (James, 81), Williams, McFaul; O'Neill (Crowe 85), Zayed.
Unused subs: Gannon, Quigley

Drogheda United: Skinner, Crowley, Harris, McNally, Osbourne, King (Brennan 85), B McGill, E McGill (Daly 62), Fitzpatrick, Martin (Duffy 80).
Unused subs: Murphy, Tracey.

Referee: Richie Winter

Attendance: 1,266

Extratime Man of the Match: Conan Byrne


Sporting Fingal
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kenny Browne
Defender
Shaun Maher
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Stephen Paisley
40Booked: 40'
Defender
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
25Scored: 25'
Midfielder
Shane McFaul
Midfielder
Shaun Williams
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
78Scored: 78'
Forward
Eamon Zayed
5Scored: 5'
Forward

Substitutes
Glen Crowe
Forward
Brian Gannon
Defender
Colm James
Midfield
Darren Quigley
Goalkeeper
Keith Quinn
Midfield
Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Paul Crowley
Defender
Jamie Harris
Defender
47OG: 47'
74Booked: 74'
Alan McNally
Defender
Eoghan Osborne
Defender
Brian King
Midfielder
Brendan McGill
Midfielder
Eric McGill
Midfielder
Garreth O'Connor
Midfielder
67Booked: 67'
Glen Fitzpatrick
Forward
Robbie Martin
Forward
10Scored: 10'

Substitutes
Ryan Brennan
Midfield
Michael Daly
Defender
Jamie Duffy
Midfield
Paul Murphy
Goalkeeper
Corie Tracey
Defender


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