By Jim MacArdle
Over the last few weeks since manager Barry Sanfey took the reins, the Drogs Under 17s have shown marked improvement all round and the home display against Cavan/Monaghan shows what this team are capable of.
With Daniel Grace looking confident and capable in goals and the defence playing three at the back with two wing backs, the gave as solid platform for the midfield and forwards to build on.
While this match gave the Drogs a good win, it was by no means an easy match. As early as the second minute, Daniel Grace did brilliantly to turn a goal-bound shot onto the post and clear.
On 10 minutes the Drogs were awarded a penalty which was struck home with great authority by captain Sam Byrne. This lead goal enabled the Drogs to settle into the game and on 16 minutes they almost scored from a corner, hit the post on 22 minutes and Karl Spooner, who showed great attacking flair down the right, saw his great shot turned over the bar by the visiting keeper.
On 39 minutes, after incessant attacking, the hard-working Michael McHugh headed home for a corner.
Leading 2-0 at half time, the Drogs played well within themselves in the second period and hard-working midfielder Frank Cabraley capped a fine team performance on 70 minutes when his brilliantly struck free from outside the penalty area flew into the top corner of the net.
Drogheda Team: Daniel Grace, Karl Spooner (Gregory Akinsanya) , Gavin Molloy, Cian Quinn, Sam Byrne ©, Derick Dunne, Michael McHugh, Aaron McNally, Callum Leonard (Callum Leonard), Kian Hussey,( Tom Adeyinka), Frank Cabraley.
Subs: Daniel Murphy.