Drogheda United assistant manager Kevin Doherty praised his side’s relentless display as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over 10-man Cobh Ramblers at United Park. The Drogs are the early pacesetters in the First Division as they soared to the t
Drogheda United assistant manager Kevin Doherty praised his side’s relentless display as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over 10-man Cobh Ramblers at United Park.
The Drogs are the early pacesetters in the First Division as they soared to the top of the table courtesy of goals from Chris Lyons, Adam Wixted and a brace from Mark Doyle much to Doherty’s delight.
“That was exactly the level of performance that we wanted,” the 38-year-old explained. “Pre-season has gone according to plan and we looked like a side that that was raring to go from the first whistle.
“I know it was made easier by Cobh having a player sent-off but the game was effectively won by that stage.
“The combination play around the box, the sharpness and the fitness levels were incredible and it’s up to us now to keep that standard throughout the season.”
The former Shelbourne manager was quick to highlight the performance of Thomas Byrne who, having rejoined the club from St Patrick’s Athletic during the winter, was pivotal to Drogheda’s opener.
“Everyone knows of Thomas’ quality, he strolled around the pitch at times tonight and really got us playing.
“I thought it was a very mature performance from him, he was on the end of some very heavy challenges but didn’t react.
“I hope all the referees we have across the season will give him the protection he needs because he’s a joy to watch.”
Drogheda suffered play-off heartache last season as they were beaten by Finn Harps and Doherty now believes that this squad of players are capable of going one step further in 2019.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that there are sides with much bigger budgets that us but we won’t be looking to use that as an excuse.
“There’s another 26 league games remaining and if we match the performance levels from tonight, we’ll certainly be in the discussion come the end of the season.”