First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2020
Venue:

Jonny Carlin 32' -
Red: 32'


Kevin Knight 88' -
Peno Miss: 88'


Scored: 58'
- James Brown 58'

Scored: 63'
- Luke Heeney 63'


League Report: Cabinteely 0 - 2 Drogheda United

Tue, Oct 27 2020

None Credit: Al Robinson

Andrew Dempsey reports from Stradbrook Road 

Drogheda United clinched a record fifth First Division league title on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win away to Cabinteely. 

James Brown’s 58th minute strike saw the Boynesiders take a major step towards glory, before Luke Heeney sealed the deal just five minutes later with a header at the back post. 

However, despite their loss, ten-man Cabo remain in the playoffs following UCD’s and Cobh’s draws against Galway United and Shamrock Rovers II respectively. 

Cabo will now face Bray Wanderers in a playoff at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday afternoon – while Drogheda will now start preparing for their return to the top-flight. 

Knowing that a win would assure his side of the First Division title, Drogs boss Tim Clancy kept the same team from their 2-0 win over Wexford last Saturday afternoon. 

The home side meanwhile made three alterations from their most recent league outing away to UCD, with captain Conor Keeley returning to the fold after a knock. 

Alex Aspil also came back into the side, as their top scorer Shane Barnes missed out on Devlin’s starting line-up. 

The visitors started well and ought to have taken the lead after just 38 seconds as they hit the crossbar from a free-kick. 

Hyland’s set-piece was met by the head of Derek Prendergast – before it fell into the path of Brandon Bermingham. 

However, the ex-Bohemians under-19 player saw his volley crash off the underside of the bar as the hosts survived an early scare.

Devlin’s team however grew into the game, but their best chance was a skewed volley from midfielder Zak O’Neill that David Odumosu easily saved. 

They then had a long throw in that caused problems in the Drogs defence, but Paul Fox was unable to get enough on the ball to trouble Odumosu. 

The game had its first twist of the night in the 32nd minute as Cabinteely’s Jonny Carlin was dismissed for a second yellow card. 

The ex-Finn Harps under-19 player was adjudged to have bundled over Chris Lyons on the edge of the penalty area, leaving referee Alan Patchell with no hesitation in sending him off. 

However, Clancy’s charges could not make their numerical advantage pay as they went in to the break scoreless. 

But the visitors pressure would soon pay just before the hour mark as James Brown netted his first competitive goal for Drogheda United.

The former Shelbourne full-back cut inside and fired a low shot home past Corey Chambers at his near post. 

The Drogs would then score their second just five minutes later as Heeney headed the ball home after sub James Clarke found the ex-St Patrick’s Athletic player who made no mistake to all but end the title race. 

The visitors – who had lost against Finn Harps in the previous two years in the playoffs – would make no such error this time around as they eased to victory.

The Green and White’s however kept trying to halve the deficit, but it did not matter much as the game drew to a close. 

Following UCD’s win away to Galway United, and Cobh Ramblers scoreless draw at home to Shamrock Rovers II – Cabo were assured of their playoff spot despite their wretched run of form. 

In the 88th minute, Kevin Knight saw his spot-kick saved by Odumosu in the Drogheda United goal after Brown was adjudged to have handballed in the penalty area. 

But it mattered little, as Cabo were securedof their playoff spot, and Drogheda United were confirmed as First Division champions on a night of high-drama at Stradbrook. 

Cabinteely: Corey Chambers; Daniel Blackbyrne, Jonny Carlin, Conor Keeley, Kevin Knight; Alex Aspil (Shane Barnes 64), Jack Connolly (Eoin Massey 74), Paul Fox (Dean Casey 64), Vilius Labutis (Keith Dalton 64), Zak O'Neill (Luke Clucas 74); Kieran Marty Waters.
Subs not used:  Benjamin Clark, Dylan Thornton.
Booked: Jonny Carlin (30 and 32), Jonny Carlin (32), Paul Fox (40), Conor Keeley (55), Kevin Knight (90).
Sent off: Jonny Carlin (32).
Drogheda United: David Odumosu; James Brown, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kane, Derek Prendergast; Brandon Bermingham, Mark Hughes, Jake Hyland; Mark Doyle (James Clarke 57), Luke Heeney (Jack Tuite 83), Chris Lyons.
Subs not used: Jordan Adeyemo, Richie O'Farrell, Ryan O'Shea, Ross Treacy, Adam Wixted.
Booked: Mark Hughes (28) ,James Brown (62)
Referee: Alan Patchell
Attendance: 0.
ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: James Brown (Drogheda United). 


Cabinteely
Corey Chambers 25
Goalkeeper
Daniel Blackbyrne 2
Defender
Jonny Carlin 3
30Booked: 30'
32Booked: 32'
32Sent off: 32'
Defender
Conor Keeley 5
55Booked: 55'
Defender
Kevin Knight
88Peno Miss: 88'
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Alex Aspil 6
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Jack Connolly
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Paul Fox 11
40Booked: 40'
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Vilius Labutis 16
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Zak O'Neill 8
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Marty Waters
Forward

Substitutes
Shane Barnes 12
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Forward
Dean Casey 22
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Midfield
Benjamin Clark
Goalkeeper
Luke Clucas 9
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Midfield
Keith Dalton 7
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Defender
Eoin Massey 15
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Defender
Dylan Thornton 21
Midfield
Drogheda United
23 David Odumosu
Goalkeeper
2 James Brown
Defender
58Scored: 58'
62Booked: 62'
6 Hugh Douglas
Defender
3 Conor Kane
Defender
5 Derek Prendergast
Defender
16 Brandon Bermingham
Midfielder
45 Mark Hughes
Midfielder
28Booked: 28'
11 Jake Hyland
Midfielder
14 Mark Doyle
Forward 57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
21 Luke Heeney
Forward
63Scored: 63'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
9 Chris Lyons
Forward

Substitutes
20 Jordan Adeyemo
Forward
22 James Clarke
Midfield
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
10 Richie O'Farrell
Defender
25 Ryan O'Shea
Defender
1 Ross Treacy
Goalkeeper
4 Jack Tuite
Defender
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
7 Adam Wixted
Midfield