- Wednesday January 7th, 2009 @ 12:53
PAT‚ÄôS FANS GIVE DROGHEDA UNITED A HELPING HAND
Drogheda United Fans 4 - St Patricks' Athletic Fans 2
St Pat's' fans travelled up to United Parkover the Christmas break to play a fan's team from Drogheda United in a match to raise some much needed funds for Louth Club.
Roddy Collins took charge of the Drogheda side with a number of ex-professionals including Andy Myler in their starting line-up. St Pat's assortment of players were managed by Niall Hannigan and assisted by Brendan Clarke Snr.
The Drogs started brightly with Myler pulling the strings in midfield who continued to drop deep and to bring his team-mates in to the game. Drogheda had most of the possession in the first half and seemed almost camped on the Pat's' 18yard line yet they were unable to break through the solid Pat's defence.
Half an hour had passed before the first real chance fell to Drogheda. Myler was fouled in the box and Mark Keogh in the Pat's goal saved brilliantly from the resulting penalty kick. Shortly afterwards they did manage to take the lead with the impressive Myler scoring with a well taken shot from outside the box.
A new look Pat's team took to the field in the second half but soon found themselves 2-0 down thanks to a stunning volley to the far left corner again by Andy Myler. St Pat's managed to get one back thanks to a neat finish by Craig after a fine passing movement down the right hand side.
The Drogs however went 3-1 up thanks to a strike from Gary Cronin and then an own goal shortly after wards by St Mick made it 4-1 to the Louth side. Following the substitution of Myler Pat's started to take control of the game.
A free kick attempt fell to Craig who made it 4-2 in the dying minutes.
Overall the Drogs team proved to be too strong on the day but more importantly the match helped to raise over ‚ā¨4,000 for Drogheda United.
Thanks must go to both sets of fans and to Roddy Collins for making the day a success and a special thank you must also go to all at United Park for the hospitality shown to the Pat's fans.