Drogheda United stormed to emphatic 8-1 victory over Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park, to make it two wins from two in the SSE Airtricity League First Division. The visitors quickly stamped their authority on the contest and were five goals to the goo
Drogheda United stormed to emphatic 8-1 victory over Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park, to make it two wins from two in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.
The visitors quickly stamped their authority on the contest and were five goals to the good inside 27 minutes. Sean Brennan curled in two superbly flighted free-kicks, either side of a neat finish from ex-Wexford FC man Lee Duffy as the Drogs raced out of the traps to lead 3-0 by the 14th minute.
Wexford had a chance to get some sort of foothold in the game on 18 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Paul Skinner got down well to save Chris Kenny's spot-kick.
Further salt was rubbed into the wounds when Mark Doyle ghosted past a couple of players before planting the ball in the net on 24 minutes. Referee Alan Carey then pointed to the spot for a second time three minutes later, and this time Drogheda were the beneficiaries, with Chris Lyons making no mistake, confidently slotting home from 12 yards to make it 5-0.
The hosts did manage to pull a goal back in the 45th minute when Dean Kelly angled an accurate strike to the far corner of the net. It only took Drogheda eight minutes after the turnaround to add to their tally, when Jake Hyland ran at the heart of the Wexford defence and beat goalkeeper Dean Bolger from the edge of the area.
Duffy made it a magnificent seven just before the hour mark when he had the simple task of slotting Doyle's cross the net.
Two minutes later Lyons capitalised on a poor Mark Slater back pass and steered the ball to the net to make it 8-1.
The only blot on the copybook for the visitors was the late sending off of Duffy. On current form they certainly look like they'll be in the shake-up for the title at the business end of the season.