Match Info

Date: 03/03/2017
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: United Park

Officials

Referee: Sean Grant
Assistants: Michelle O'Neill and Brian Fenlon
Fourth Official: Paul Tuite

Drogheda United - St Patrick's Athletic

Promoted club Drogheda United are the early surprise packets of the Premier Division after Jake Hyland's second-half goal set them up for their second win from two at the expense of St Patrick's Athletic.

Drogheda started in confident fashion following their opening-night win in Galway and forced three corners inside the first six minutes. Pats keeper Barry Murphy showed good reactions to keep out a stinging drive from Stephen Dunne and also denied Thomas Byrne during that opening salvo.

The visitors responded on 16 minutes with a wayward Lee Desmond header from a Graham Kelly free kick, but Drogheda wasted a brilliant scoring opportunity on 25 when Luke Gallagher took a quick kick to Gavin Brennan whose instant volleyed cross was headed over the bar by Stephen Elliott from close range.

Pats continued to play some attractive football but didn't create another chance of note until the 42nd minute when Lee Desmond drove the ball low into the six-yard area and Sam Verdon deflected it goal-wards, only for a defender to intervene on the goal-line.

But seconds later the Boynesiders launched a superb counter-attack as Jake Hyland and Elliott combined before releasing the ball to the on-rushing Byrne who had his shirt blatantly pulled by Alex O'Hanlon.

Referee Sean Grant called it right in issuing a yellow card to O'Hanlon as the challenge was out near the right touchline, while Byrne was also booked, seemingly for gesticulating towards the Pats supporters on the terrace close by.

The sides turned out still on level terms, but Pats seemed to find another gear on the restart and Verdon rattled the bar with a close-range volley from an Alex O'Hanlon centre in the 59th minute.

Moments later Drogheda right-back Colm Deasy kept out a Christy Fagan header on the line, but the home side survived that Pats flourish before breaking the deadlock on 65 minutes.

The away defence seemed all at sea for a moment, and Drogheda made them pay as Gavin Brennan teed up Hyland who slotted past Murphy.

Three minutes later Hyland had the ball in the net again, but this time the effort was ruled out and Pats were still in the game.

Pats showed no sign of a response until the first minute of stoppage time when substitute Conan Byrne forced a fine save from Drogs keeper Stephen McGuinness.

Then in the final seconds the visitors found themselves out-numbered at the back and Drogs right-back Colm Deasy's shot towards goal went in off Patrick Cregg for an own goal to confirm Drogheda's victory.

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Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 3rd 2017LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 17th 2015LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
October, 10th 2014LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
April, 21st 2014LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
October, 30th 2009LeagueDrogheda United1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 19th 2009LeagueDrogheda United1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
November, 14th 2008LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
May, 16th 2008LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
November, 10th 2007Under21Drogheda United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
August, 10th 2007LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT
April, 17th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Bray Wanderers0REPORT
April, 14th 2017LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Limerick2REPORT
April, 4th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Bluebell United0REPORT
March, 31st 2017LeagueBohemians0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
March, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
March, 18th 2017LeagueDundalk3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 13th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps2REPORT
March, 10th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 3rd 2017LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
October, 16th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United1REPORT
July, 17th 2015LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 20th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United2REPORT
October, 10th 2014LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
June, 2nd 2014LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic6Drogheda United0REPORT
April, 21st 2014LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
August, 2nd 2013LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Drogheda United0REPORT
May, 6th 2013LeagueDrogheda United1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
March, 8th 2013LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Drogheda United0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT
April, 14th 2017LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Limerick2REPORT
March, 31st 2017LeagueBohemians0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
March, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
March, 18th 2017LeagueDundalk3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 13th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps2REPORT
March, 10th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 3rd 2017LeagueDrogheda United2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
February, 24th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bray Wanderers2REPORT