League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 3, 2017
Venue: United Park
Ref: Sean Grant
Att: 1,020

Jake Hyland 64' - Goal

Colm Deasy 90' + 3' - Goal



League Report: Drogheda United 2 - 0 St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Mar 03 2017

Drogheda United made it two wins from two on their return to the Premier Division thanks to a 2-0 victory over St Patrick's Athletic courtesy of a Jake Hyland goal and a Patrick Cregg own goal.

 

It was St Pats who had most of the ball in the early stages but they failed to create any chances of note and Drogheda grew into the game, going on to dominate the first half. Their first effort came five minutes in when Stephen Dunne hit the bar with a superb left foot shot after receiving the ball from a short Drogheda corner. 

 

Pats went close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter of an hour mark when Billy Dennehy headed just over the bar from a Graham Kelly free. 

 

Drogheda almost scored what would have been a contender for goal of the season just before the half hour mark. Luke Gallagher clipped the ball to Gavin Brennan on the left who crossed the ball with a first time volley to Elliott who headed just over Barry Murphy's bar. 

 

Pats did go close five minutes before the break as first Fagan saw his effort deflected wide for a corner. Then, from that corner, Sam Verdon somehow had his close range effort blocked and cleared off the line by Gavin Brennan. 

 

Drogheda started the second half the brighter of the two sides as Thomas Byrne played the ball through to Jake Hyland but his ball across the box was cleared by the visitors. 

 

Pats then came back into the game and had Drogheda under pressure for the next 15 minutes. First a there was a scramble in the Drogheda box which the home side somehow managed to clear before Pat Cregg saw his low shot from long range go wide. 

 

Just short of the hour mark the Saints had two great chances to hit the front. First, Alex O'Hanlon crossed to the back post to Billy Dennehy who saw his shot hit off the post. Then, moments later, from an Alex O'Hanlon free, Rory Feely saw his header blocked and cleared by the Drogheda defence.  

 

Pats would be left to rue those missed opportunities when Drogheda hit the front in the 64th minute. Gavin Brennan received the ball on the right and played the ball through the Pats defence, straight into the path of Jake Hyland who slotted the ball into the bottom corner past the helpless Barry Murphy. 

 

Pats continued to press for the remainder of the game but it was Drogheda who went closest next. Three minutes from time Drogheda won the ball back as Gareth McCaffrey and Marc Griffin linked up before switching the play Gavin Brennan. Brennan played the ball across the box but it was just out of the reach of the sliding McCaffrey. 

 

In the first minute of added time Pats’ winger Conan Byrne broke free down the right only to see his shot from the edge of the box palmed away by Stephen McGuinness. Two minutes later, with the last kick of the game, Drogheda broke on the counter with the ball falling to Colm Deasy. The full back's shot hit the chest of Pat Cregg and ended up in the back of his own net. 

 

Next up for Drogheda is a home game against Cork City while St. Patrick's Athletic travel west to take on Sligo Rovers. 

 

Drogheda United: Stephen McGuinness; Colm Deasy, Stephen Dunne, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran McGuigan; Sean Thornton (Ryan McEvoy 78), Thomas Byrne (Gareth McCaffrey 69), Richie Purdy, Jake Hyland, Gavin Brennan; Stephen Elliott (Marc Griffin 78). 

Subs Not Used: Dylan Sweeney (gk), Lloyd Buckley, Adam Wixted, Conor Kane. 

Booked: T Byrne (42), G Brennan (58).

 

St. Patrick's Athletic: Barry Murphy; Michael Barker, Ian Bermingham, Rory Feely, Lee Desmond; Sam Verdon (Conan Byrne 68), Patrick Cregg, Graham Kelly, Alex O'Hanlon (Josh O'Hanlon 68), Billy Dennehy (Kurtis Byrne 84); Christy Fagan. 

Subs Not Used: Conor O'Malley (GK), Darragh Markey, JJ Lunney, Ciaran Kelly. 

Booked: A O'Hanlon (42), Fagan (48).

 

Referee: Sean Grant

Attendance: 1,200 (estimate)

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Jake Hyland (Drogheda United)

 

 



Drogheda United
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Colm Deasy
90Scored: 90'
Defender
Stephen Dunne
Defender
Luke Gallagher
Defender
CiarĂ¡n McGuigan
Defender
Gavin Brennan
58Booked: 58'
Midfielder
Thomas Byrne
42Booked: 42'
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Midfielder
Jake Hyland
64Scored: 64'
Midfielder
Richie Purdy
Midfielder
Sean Thornton
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Stephen Elliott
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward

Substitutes
Lloyd Buckley
Defender
Marc Griffin
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Forward
Conor Kane
Defender
Gareth McCaffrey
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Forward
Ryan McEvoy
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Dylan Sweeney
Goalkeeper
Adam Wixted
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Rory Feely
Defender
Lee Desmond
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Michael Barker
Defender
Sam Verdon
Midfielder 68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Alex O'Hanlon
Midfielder
42Booked: 42'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder 84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Patrick Cregg
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
Forward
48Booked: 48'

Substitutes
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Josh O'Hanlon
Midfield
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
Darragh Markey
Midfield
Jonathan Lunney
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
Conan Byrne
Midfield
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
Kurtis Byrne
Forward
84Subbed On: 84'
84'


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