Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 20, 2012
Venue: United Park
Ref:
Att: 1,048
TV:

Brian Gannon 44' -
Scored: 44'


Ryan Brennan 53' -
Scored: 53'


Peter Hynes 74' -
Scored: 74'


Peno Scored: 80'
- Philip Hughes 80'

Red: 86'
- Stephen Paisley 86'



Drogheda United 3 - 1 Shelbourne

Sat, Apr 21 2012

 

High-flying Drogheda ran out comfortable winners over a disappointing Shelbourne side to stay third in the league table but level on points with second-placed Shamrock Rovers. The home team made the most of their chances finding the back of the net three times, while the visitors failed to really test keeper Gabriel Sava with too many shots on target, scoring only a late consolation goal from the penalty spot.

 

The game kicked off under a heavy downpour and Shels showed promise  on five minutes, with slick sweeping  move across the pitch from Glen Cronin left to Kevin Dawson, who switched it wide to Paddy Kavanagh on the right, to whip in a cross for David Cassidy on the back post, whose header was just inches wide and high.

 

Drogheda came more into the game and Gavin Brennan had a chance after twelve minutes, then with centre-half Alan McNally heading the ball against the bar a minute later, with keeper Paul Skinner beaten. Apart from an under-hit strike from Philly Hughes, it was the home team who threatened most then, with several good chances.

 

Just before half-time the Drogs deservedly broke the deadlock when a cross from deep on the left from Eric Foley, sailed over keeper Paul Skinner’s head to find Brian Gannon who crashed the ball in from a tight angle.

 

Once again the visitors started brightly with Paddy Kavanagh flashing a shot wide across the post. However, once again it was the home side with the more clinical finishing who found net, when Ryan Brennan finished off a Brian Gannon pass, to double their lead on fifty one minutes. Shels did make a sustained effort to get back into the game just after the hour mark, forcing two successive corners and then bringing out the best in keeper Sava with a fine finger-tip save to deny Hughes.

 

Drogheda killed off the game on seventy two minutes when Gavin Brennan made an incisive run down the left and cut inside with his shot getting turned into goal by substitute Peter Hynes. A penalty from Hughes  after Stephen Quigley had handled, gave the visitors a flicker of hope with ten minutes left on the clock, but Stephen Paisley’s sending off for a professional foul minutes later, ended another unsatisfactory trip up the M1 into Louth, in the space of a fortnight for the Reds.

 

 

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava; Stephen Quigley, Derek Prendergast, Alan McNally, Shane Grimes; Brian Gannon (Mark O'Brien 87), Eric Foley, Gavin Brennan, Ryan Brennan; Declan O'Brien (Peter Hynes 69), Tiarnan Mulvenna (Sean Brennan 77).

Subs Not Used: Stephen Trimble, Dean Marshall, Philip Hand, Johnny Breen.

Bookings: D O'Brien (51), G Brennan (66), Gannon (71), S Quigley (80).

 

Shelbourne: Paul Skinner; Brian Shortall, Ian Ryan, Stephen Paisley, Sean Byrne; Brendan McGill (Anto Murphy 57), Glenn Cronin, Kevin Dawson, David Cassidy (Conan Byrne 75), Paddy Kavanagh (Philip Gorman 57); Philip Hughes.

Subs Not Used: Dean Delany, Gareth Matthews, Barry Clancy, Andrew Boyle.

Bookings: Cronin (57), A Murphy (68).

Sent Off: Paisley (86).

 

Referee: Tom Connolly.

Attendance: 1,048

Extratime.e man of the match: Brian Gannon (Drogheda United) - scored the opening goal and laid on the second.

 



Drogheda United
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Stephen Quigley
80Booked: 80'
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Brian Gannon
44Scored: 44'
71Booked: 71'
Midfielder
Eric Foley
Midfielder
Gavin Brennan
66Booked: 66'
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
53Scored: 53'
Midfielder
Declan O'Brien
51Booked: 51'
Forward
Tiarnan Mulvenna
Forward

Substitutes
Stephen Trimble
Goalkeeper
Mark O'Brien
Midfield
Dean Marshall
Midfield
Peter Hynes
74Scored: 74'
Forward
Philip Hand
Midfield
Sean Brennan
Midfield
Johnny Breen
Forward
Shelbourne
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Brian Shortall
Defender
Ian Ryan
Defender
Stephen Paisley
Defender
86Sent off: 86'
Sean Byrne
Defender
Brendan McGill
Midfielder
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfielder
Kevin Dawson
Midfielder
Glenn Cronin
Midfielder
57Booked: 57'
David Cassidy
Midfielder
Philip Hughes
Forward
80Peno: 80'

Substitutes
Anto Murphy
Defender
68Booked: 68'
Gareth Matthews
Defender
Philip Gorman
Forward
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Barry Clancy
Midfield
Conan Byrne
Midfield
Andy Boyle
Defender


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