By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs continued their run of good form when they produced a great team display on Sunday at United Park. They took their chances well, and when they had to, they defended resolutely, and manager Morgan Kelly and his coaching team can be well satisfied with this performance.
The Drogs started positively and pressed the visiting defence at every opportunity, forcing them into passing errors and from one these after 6 minutes, the lively Tadgh Connolly broke through on the right and shot just wide. The Drogs continuously pressed the Shels defence and on 10 minutes Owen Murphy gave them the lead when he volleyed a clearance into the corner of the net for a great goal. The lead was short-lived, however as Shels equalised 5 minutes later following a goalmouth scramble.
On 19 minutes Ruari Kinsella put the Drogs back in front and two minutes later Connolly added to the lead when he finished expertly after a great run into the box.
The Drogs went in 3-1 to the good and on the restart Shels put the home defence under serious pressure with what seemed to be an unending series of frees and corners , but they stood firm and looked dangerous on breakaways. They added to their lead 20 minutes into the second half when Luke Caffrey got his head to a dangerous cross from Sean Buchanan and it flew into the top corner of the net . Five minutes from time Buchanan provided a pinpoint pass to Caffrey which split the Shels defence and he expertly finished to the corner of the net to seal a very impressive victory.
Team : Jack McCarthy, Aaron Murphy, John McDonagh, Jack Crowe, Nick Palov, Owen Murphy, , Aaron Naughton, Tadgh Connolly, Ruari Kinsella , , Francis Campbell, , Joshua Wall.
Subs (roll on, roll off) : Antonio Ignat, , Michael Leddy ,Sean Buchanan, Luke Caffrey, Michael Hilliard, Michael Burns ,Craig Gray