By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United have moved into second place in the table after they defeated Waterford United 1-3 at the RSC.
Goals at the start of either half from Sean Brennan and Gareth McCaffrey gave the Drogs a two-goal lead before Cory Galvin halved the deficit though Kevin Farragher’s sealed victory just past the hour mark.
Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon named an unchanged side from the one that drew 1-1 with UCD a fortnight ago and they made a lightning start with Sean Brennan converting a penalty on four minutes despite Matthew Sheehan diving the right way.
The hosts came back into the contest and they created two excellent opportunities to draw level as Galvin dragged his shot narrowly wide while Owen Wall was unlucky to see his fierce drive clip the post before going wide.
Drogheda came out for the second half with a purpose and they were 2-0 up within a minute of the restart as McCaffrey found the back of the net following a good team move.
The Drogs’ joy was short-lived as Waterford pulled a goal back five minutes later as Galvin cut inside his man and then fired a fantastic strike past the helpless Stephen McGuinness.
In a topsy-turvy start to the second period, Drogheda regained their two goal advantage as Jake Hyland’s corner from the left was bundled home by Farragher for his first goal for the Boynesiders.
Drogheda came close to further extending their lead in stoppage time as Marc Griffin’s strike clipped the crossbar following a quick counter-attack.
The result marks a fourth successive victory for Drogheda over Waterford and they now have a five point cushion ahead of fourth placed Cobh who they face at United Park on Friday.
Jake Hyland (John McKeown 75)
Gareth McCaffrey (Liam Donnelly 85)
Aaron Ashe (Adam Wixted 65)