0 - 1

Scored: 90'
- Alfie Lewis 90' + 4'

League Report: Drogheda United 0 - 1 St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Oct 01 2021

St Patrick's Athletic's Darragh Burns in action during the Saints 1-0 win over Drogheda United at Head in the Game Park on Friday, 1 October 2021. Credit: Ben Whitley

David Wilson reports from Head in the Game Park

A stunning strike from Alfie Lewis in the 94th minute meant that all three points headed to Richmond Park despite a spirited Drogheda United performance at Head in the Game Park on Friday night.

The former West Ham player broke the hearts of the home side but was the most impressive player on the pitch as he dictated proceedings from a deep lying midfield role for most of the game as the Saints ran out 1-0 winners.

The first half was very much the case of both sides cancelling each other out. Drogheda’s 3-4-3 formation caused some issues for the Athletic but their 4-3-3 coped relatively well.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side as Killian Phillips pounced on a poor Paddy Barrett pass into midfield and immediately set Mark Doyle away down the inside left channel. Doyle skipped inside but James Abankwah blocked well for the Saints after just seven minutes.

In the 21st minute the dangerous Darragh Burns slipped Chris Forrester in down the right channel but the midfielder dragged his effort wide of the far post from a tight angle five yards inside the box.

Just after the half hour mark the game broke into life. The impressive Burns sped away on the counterattack but failed to find Forrester with a through ball.

United won the ball back immediately as Conor Kane sent Doyle away down the left, but the 17-year-old Abankwah came across and cleared well.

The game played without any major incidents for the rest of the half until Phillips flashed over from the edge of the box right on halftime.

Eight minutes into the second period, Saints’ centre forward Ronan Coughlan had a fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock. Lewis did superbly well to win the ball back 30 yards from goal, the Englishman found Burns out wide who crossed for Coughlan, but he headed straight at Odumosu from eight yards out.

Two minutes later, the visitors won the ball back high up the pitch with Coughlan finding Mattie Smith, but he curled his effort harmlessly into the gloves of Odumosu.

Only basement side Longford Town are in worse form than the Boynesiders. Tim Clancy’s side failed to impose themselves in attacking sense, struggling to keep hold of the ball in the final third.

Chances were at a premium as both sides’ defences were on top. Substitute Ben McCormack headed straight at Odumosu once more when the youngster really should have directed his header better.

The Athletic were doing all the pressing and were finally rewarded in the dying seconds of the game. Shane Griffin crossed from the left, Drogheda failed to clear, and McCormack teed up Lewis who struck his effort on a slight bounce straight into the top corner.

St Patrick’s Athletic will now look to cement their European ambitions and prevent Shamrock Rovers from claiming the title as long as possible.

Drogheda will be looking nervously below them as two losses in a row has the claret and blue drifting nervously toward the relegation playoff spot.

Drogheda United: David Odumosu (GK); James Brown (C), Daniel O’Reilly, Joe Redmond, Dane Massey, Conor Kane; Killian Phillips, Luke Heeney (Ronan Murray 83); James Clarke (Darragh Markey 56), Jordan Adeyemo (Chris Lyons 57); Mark Doyle

Subs not used: Colin McCabe (GK), Dinny Corcoran, Mohammed Boudiaf, Charles Mutawe, Abu Obhakhan, Kaleem Simon

Booked: Conor Kane 73

St Patricks Athletic: Vit Jaros (GK); Sam Bone, Paddy Barrett, James Abankwah (Lee Desmond 65), Shane Griffin; Alfie Lewis, Chris Forrester (C) (Ben McCormack 73), Jamie Lennon (Kyrian Nwoko 88); Mattie Smith, Darragh Burns; Ronan Coughlan (Billy King 73)

Subs not used: Barry Murphy (GK), James McClelland, Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Jak Hickman, Kian Corbally

Booked: Ben McCormack 79

Referee: Damien McGrath

Extratime.com man of the match: Alfie Lewis (St Patrick Athletic)

LOct. 29, 2021
Sligo 2 - 0 Drogheda
DNov. 1, 2021
Harps 0 - 0 Drogheda
LNov. 4, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 1 Dundalk
LNov. 7, 2021
Bohs 2 - 1 Drogheda
LNov. 19, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Drogheda
David Odumosu 23
Dane Massey 41
Conor Kane 3
Booked: 73'
© James Brown 2
Daniel O'Reilly 5
Joe Redmond
Luke Heeney 21
83Subbed Off: Ronan Murray 83'
James Clarke 22
56Subbed Off: Darragh Markey 56'
Killian Phillips 19
Mark Doyle 14
Jordan Adeyemo 20
57Subbed Off: Chris Lyons 57'

Darragh Markey 7
56Subbed On: James Clarke 56'
Chris Lyons 9
57Subbed On: Jordan Adeyemo 57'
Dinny Corcoran 10
Mohammad Boudiaf
Colin McCabe 1
Ronan Murray 17
83Subbed On: Luke Heeney 83'
Charles Mutawe
Ahu Obhakhan 31
Kaleem Simon
St. Pats
DNov. 1, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Bohs
LNov. 5, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 3 Sligo
DNov. 12, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Harps
DNov. 19, 2021
Waterford 0 - 0 St. Pats
DNov. 28, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 St. Pats
1 Vitezslav Jaros
20 Shane Griffin
4 Sam Bone
29 Paddy Barrett
James Abankwah
Defender 65'
65Subbed Off: Lee Desmond 65'
8 Chris Forrester ©
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: Ben McCormack 73'
17 Darragh Burns
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: Kyrian Nwoko 88'
Alfie Lewis
Scored: 90'
10 Rónán Coughlan
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: Billy King 73'
12 Matty Smith

5 Lee Desmond
Defender 65'
65Subbed On: James Abankwah 65'
31 Kian Corbally
Jak Hickman
15 Billy King
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Rónán Coughlan 73'
16 Jason McClelland
18 Ben McCormack
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Chris Forrester 73'
Booked: 79'
9 Nahum Melvin-Lambert
21 Barry Murphy
Kyrian Nwoko
Forward 88'
88Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 88'


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 1, 2021

Venue: United Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown