A remarkable ten minute spell of football saw Drogheda United power their way pass Cobh Ramblers on Saturday evening with a 5-1 victory in St. Colman’s Park. A half time score of 4-0 to Drogheda does not tell the true story of this first half. For
A remarkable ten minute spell of football saw Drogheda United power their way pass Cobh Ramblers on Saturday evening with a 5-1 victory in St. Colman’s Park.
A half time score of 4-0 to Drogheda does not tell the true story of this first half. For the opening 30 minutes, Cobh Ramblers would have been the happier of the two sides as they controlled most of the match with Murphy, McAlavey and Phillips pulling the strings.
In fact, Ramblers should have taken the lead moments before Drogheda struck when Phillips played a clever ball through to Fernandes. With only Skinner to beat the young winger struck the ball low against the legs of the Drogheda keeper.
Less than a minute later Drogheda took the lead when a corner from the left was headed clear only as far as Purdy who caught the ball beautifully on the volley to smash it through the crowd of players and into the net.
Within two minutes, Ramblers found themselves two down when a mistake by centre back O Riordan allowed Doyle to steal the ball, round Hunt in goal and stroke home. Drogheda were far from done and moments later struck again when a corner made its way back across the box for Doyle to smash the ball home off the bar.
Things only got worse for the home team when in the 37th minute Drogheda scored almost a carbon copy of their first goal. A corner was headed clear only as far as Purdy but this time his volley was blocked.
However, Kelly was there to volley home to cap a sensational first half of football. The second half saw Drogheda continue to dominate proceedings and in the 60th minute Lyons swept home after some excellent work by Brennan down the right side.
To their credit, Ramblers kept fighting throughout the half and were rewarded when Leonard finished neatly to the net after some good build up play. The unlikeliest of comebacks never materialised and Drogheda saw out the match comfortably to claim a 5-1 victory.