Drogheda United moved into second place in the SSE Airtricity League First Division following a 4-1 win over Limerick FC at the Markets Field. Limerick led at the break through a Clyde O’Connell header, but a superb second half performance saw Drog
Drogheda United moved into second place in the SSE Airtricity League First Division following a 4-1 win over Limerick FC at the Markets Field.
Limerick led at the break through a Clyde O’Connell header, but a superb second half performance saw Drogheda earn a comfortable victory. Limerick took the lead after just five minutes when a sensational free kick from Shane Tracy was met by a powerful header from O’Connell.
Sean Brennan had a couple of efforts for Drogheda that failed to test Brady, before Chris Lyons came within inches of levelling with a powerful drive. Hanlon then almost got a second for Limerick after a swift counter attack.
Jason Hughes put Lee Devitt into space on the left. He pulled the ball back for Hanlon, but Gallagher intervened with a brilliant block. The Drogheda centre half then was denied an equalizer when he let fly on the half volley only for Jack Brady to make a fine low stop.
Hanlon had a great chance early in the second half, but was denied by the legs of Gratzer and the home side were soon punished for their woes in front of goal. Limerick failed to clear from their own 18-yard-box several times and Drogheda took advantage with Brennan squaring for Hollywood to score on his debut.
Both sides had chances to go ahead, but it was Drogheda that took the lead on 71 minutes. Limerick lost the ball in midfield and the counter attack was devastating.
Mark Doyle and Lyons combined to set up Hyland and the captain made no mistake from 10 yards. Doyle then added a third goal from the penalty spot and Ryan O’Shea added a fourth before the end with a powerful strike that sent Drogheda into second place.