Drogheda United

Shamrock Rovers

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Friday, 31st July 2015 | KO: 7:45 pm

United Park

  • by Robert O'Reilly

    A solitary strike from Brandon Miele was enough for Shamrock Rovers to secure their 13th successive victory over Drogheda United at United Park.

    The in-form winger capitalised on a mistake by Mark Hughes as he advanced on goal before firing low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for the first half winner.

    Drogheda United manager Johnny McDonnell made one change from last week’s 1-1 draw with Longford Town as Ger Pender replaced Jason Marks with Lee Duffy and Tiarnan Mulvenna lining out on the wings.

    The visitors took early control of the game and they came close to opening the scoring on eight minutes as Simon Madden was afforded too much space on the right and he crossed for Gavin Brennan but the former Drogheda man’s header went narrowly wide.

    Drogheda weathered the storm and they created their first opening on 22 minutes when Sean Brennan released Lee Duffy on the right wing and his cross found Tiarnan Mulvenna but he was unable to keep his shot on target.

    It was just as Drogheda were growing in confidence when Rovers scored the decisive winner. A quick break resulted in Mark Hughes being pressured by Miele inside his own half and his under-hit pass was intercepted by the winger who advanced goalwards before finding the bottom corner.

    Rovers came close to doubling their lead on the hour mark as a corner from Gary McCabe was met by Gavin Brennan but his brother Sean denied him with a goal line clearance.

    In a tight contest, Drogheda’s best chance of an equaliser came when Sean Thornton picked out Mick Daly on the right and his low ball was flicked on by Ger Pender but a vital deflection off David Webster sent the ball behind for a corner.

    The home side had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down as Duffy dribbled past Conor Kenna on the wing only to be obstructed in the box by Webster with the defender making no contact with the ball.

    A handball from Patrick Cregg presented the Boynesiders with a late chance to level but Sean Brennan sent his free kick straight into the wall as Rovers held on for the win.

    Drogheda remain in ninth in the table after the defeat and they will be hoping for a better result when they travel to face Bray Wanderers next Saturday in a crucial clash.

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Match Facts
Date
Friday, 31st July 2015
Venue
United Park
Attendance
Referee
Paul McLaughlin
Man of the Match
Brandon Miele
Team Lineups
Drogheda United
Shamrock Rovers

Micheál Schlingermann
Mick Daly
Alan Byrne
Robert O’Reilly
Joe Gorman
Sean Thornton
Mark Hughes (Stephen Maher 75)
Tiarnan Mulvenna (Robert McKenna 83)
Sean Brennan
Lee Duffy
Gerald Pender (Jason Marks 65)

Craig Hyland
Simon Madden
Conor Kenna
David Webster
Luke Byrne
Brandon Miele
Gary McCabe
Patrick Cregg
Ryan Brennan (Cian Kavanagh 85)
Gavin Brennan
Danny North (Mikey Drennan 78)

Subs not used

Evin Farrell
Adam Whelan
Robert Bayly
Lloyd Buckley

Barry Murphy
Gareth McCaffery
Kieran Marty Waters
Maxime Blanchard
David O’Connor

Goal Scorers
Bookings

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