Drogheda United suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 3-2 to Cabinteely at Stradbrook Road.
Gareth McCaffrey had cancelled out Kieran Marty Waters’ early opener but a brace from Steven Ball either side of half-time gave Cabinteely the win despite McCaffrey’s late strike.
Drogheda boss Tim Clancy made two changes from the side that defeated Finn Harps 2-1 on Monday with Kealan Dillon and Lee Duffy restored to the starting XI.
There was only three minutes played when the hosts broke the deadlock as Marty Waters was unmarked in the penalty area and he headed beyond Paul Skinner from close range.
Drogheda gradually grew into the game and they equalised with 35 minutes played. A long kick out from Skinner caused confusion in the Cabo defence with McCaffrey slotting into an empty net following a hefty collision between Stephen McGuinness and Eoin Stokes.
A seven-minute injury delay was to prove significant as a mix-up between Mark Doyle and Luke Gallagher gave Cabinteely a free-kick in stoppage time with Steven Ball sending the resulting set-piece beyond Skinner from 22-yards out.
A bright start to the second-half saw Drogheda awarded a penalty when Kevin Farragher was brought down in the area but substitute goalkeeper Finn McGowan was equal to McCaffrey’s spot-kick.
Drogheda continued to push for an equaliser but they were caught on the counter-attack as Marty Waters pulled the ball back for Ball who fired high into the roof of the net.
It could’ve been worse for Drogheda as Marty Waters broke beyond the Drogheda backline and he rounded the advancing Skinner only to pull his strike across goal and wide.
McCaffrey got his second of the game in the dying stages as Doyle’s powerful strike was only parried by McGowan with the Drogheda forward the quickest to react.
A first defeat for the Drogs as they slip to second in the table with new league leaders UCD up next at home on Friday.
Cabinteely: Stephen McGuinness (Finn McGowan 46’); Jack Tuite, Eoin Stokes, Kevin Knight, Kieran Butler; Sean Bregazzi, Aaron Robinson, Paul Fox, Steven Ball, Jack Watson, Kieran Marty Waters
Drogheda: Paul Skinner; Kevin Farragher, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran Kelly; Mark Doyle, Kealen Dillon (Colm Deasy 46’), Richie Purdy, Jake Hyland, Conor Kane; Gareth McCaffrey, Lee Duffy (Stephen Meaney 75’)