By Jim MacArdle
Drogheda Under 17s were well beaten by a stronger Dundalk side at a sunny United Park on Saturday. The home side were hesitant and indecisive in stark contrast to the visitors who made the most of their chances and after opening the scoring after 15 minutes and adding a second on the half hour, the visitors sealed a comprehensive victory on 70 minutes with goal number three.
In the first half the Drogs were not able to compete with the physical challenge in midfield and at the back and the visitors looked dangerous from the start and keeper Grace made a brilliant save to keep the score at 0-0 on 14 minutes, but from the resultant corner poor defending by the Drogs presented the visitors with the opening goal.
The visitors continued to threaten the and on 30 minutes keeper Grace was left completely exposed by his defenders and ended up giving away a penalty which the visitors converted.
With keeper Grace having to go off with a knee injury, Drogs manager Gosson made three additional changes at half time introducing Cabraley in the middle and Dunne at the back.
The substitutions had the desired effect and Cabraley in particular showed good control and presence in the middle, but in the end the Drogs lightweight attack posed little threat to the visitors’ strong backline and when the third goal went in on 70 minutes the game was over as a contest.
Team: Daniel Grace (Harry Hogan), Karl Spooner (Callum McDonnell) (Derick Dunne), Sam Byrne ©, Michael McHugh, Stephen Doran, Cameron Brennan, Aaron McNally, Leo Tang, Sean Peat, Kian Hussey (Tom Adeyinka), Gregory Akinsanya, (Frank Cabraley)
Subs not used: Niall Blaney, Cian Quinn