1 - 0
FT

Sean Boyd 51' -
Scored: 51'



League Report: Shelbourne 1 - 0 Drogheda United

Sat, May 14 2022

Sean Boyd Credit: Paul Dolan

Patrick O’ Connor reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season when they defeated Drogheda United by a single goal margin at a sunny Tolka Park on Friday night.

The first 45 minutes of this game was played with a high level of intensity but nevertheless was very scrappy for the most part. Shels were forced into a change from the team announced before the game, with Aodh Dervin coming in for Mark Coyle who pulled up injured during the warm up.

The home side started the brighter of the two sides and played a lot of route-one balls through to Sean Boyd but he was very well marshalled by Keith Cowan at the heart of the Drogheda defence.

The Boynesiders in general looked a lot more robust with Cowan at the back and theirs was a much-improved performance considering they had conceded 11 goals in their last three matches.

The best chance of the opening period fell to Shelbourne but they were unable to finish the move with a goal, reinforcing the fact that goalscoring is their achilles heel this year. Shane Griffin fed Dervin who in turn played a superb ball down the left channel to Conor Kane. He drove past a number of Drogheda defenders but there was nobody able to make use of his pullback and the chance was lost.

Drogheda did improve as the half progressed and their best chance came as a result of a driving run by left back Dane Massey. He made it all the way into the box before his shot was diverted for a corner which was then cleared to safety by the the Reds defence.

Shelbourne’s positive start to the second half paid dividends when Shane Farrell floated a ball to the far post in the 51stminute where for once Boyd had escaped the attention of Cowan. He had time to head the ball across the goal and out of reach of keeper Sam Long. It was no more than they deserved as the home team had been the more inventive of the two sides in the final third of the pitch.

The Reds began to dominate the game after that goal and JR Wilson had a good chance to extend the lead a few minutes later when his powerful header from a corner flashed over the bar.

Drogheda manager Kevin Doherty went to a three-man backline at that stage and it did work to an extent as they were a much greater threat from there to the end of the match.

They created a few half chances, particularly those for substitutes Chris Lyons and Georgie Poynton but overall, they lacked some composure in front of goal and never really tested Brendan Clarke in the Shels goal.

Two wins on the trot is a great boost for Shelbourne who now climb out of the relegation zone to join other mid table sides Bohemians and Sligo Rovers with an 18 points total.

These are now worrying times for Drogheda United however as they have lost their last four matches and sit just three points above ninth placed Finn Harps, a side they face next Friday night in Ballybofey.

Shelbourne: Brendan Clarke; Conor Kane, Shane Griffin, Luke Byrne (c), Aaron O’Driscoll, JR Wilson; JJ Lunney, Aodh Dervin, Jack Moylan (Stanley Anaebonam 87) Shane Farrell (Kameron Ledwidge 83), Sean Boyd.

Subs not used: Lewis Webb (GK), Gavin Molloy, Colm Cox, Jad Hakiki, Dan Carr, Gbemi Arubi.

Booked: Colm Kane (35), Sean Boyd (90)

Drogheda United: Sam Long; Dane Massey (c) (Ryan Brennan 60), Evan Weir (George Poynton 65), Keith Cowan, Andrew Quinn, Sean Roughan, Gary Deegan, Dayle Rooney, Dean Williams (Chris Lyons 60), James Clarke, Darragh Nugent (Dylan Grimes 65)

Subs not used: Colin McCabe (Gk); Charles Mutawe, Luke Heeney, Killian Cailloce, Victor Arong.

Booked: Ryan Brennan (90).

Referee: Rob Hennessy.

extratime.com Player of the Match: JJ Lunney (Shelbourne)


Shelbourne
LApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
WMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shels
WMay 23, 2022
Shels 2 - 0 UCD
Brendan Clarke 1
Goalkeeper
Luke Byrne 23
Defender
Shane Griffin 5
Defender
Conor Kane 3
Defender
Aaron O'Driscoll 4
Defender
John Ross Wilson 2
Defender
Mark Coyle 8
Midfielder
Shane Farrell 17
Midfielder
JJ Lunney 6
Midfielder
Jack Moylan 10
Midfielder
Sean Boyd 9
Scored: 51'
Forward

Substitutes
Stanley Anaebonam 19
Midfield
Gbemi Arubi
Forward
Daniel Carr 14
Forward
Colm Cox
Goalkeeper
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfield
Jad Hakiki 12
Forward
Kameron Ledwidge 32
Defender
Gavin Molloy
Defender
Lewis Webb 25
Goalkeeper
Drogheda
LApril 29, 2022
Dundalk 4 - 1 Drogheda
LMay 6, 2022
Drogheda 0 - 4 St. Pats
LMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
31 Sam Long
Goalkeeper
5 Keith Cowan
Defender
14 Dane Massey
Defender
4 Andrew Quinn
Defender
2 Sean Roughan
Defender
3 Evan Weir
Defender
22 James Clarke
Midfielder
8 Gary Deegan
Midfielder
24 Darragh Nugent
Midfielder
16 Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
17 Dean Williams
Forward

Substitutes
Victor Arong
Forward
Ryan Brennan
Midfield
28 Killian Cailloce
Midfield
10 Dylan Grimes
Midfield
21 Luke Heeney
Forward
9 Chris Lyons
Forward
1 Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
18 Charles Mutawe
Defender
26 George Poynton
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. May 13, 2022

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown

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