|25 February 2022||7:45 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2022|
Shelbourne secured their first win of the season under Damian Duff, beating Drogheda United 2-0 at Head in the Game Park.
The story of the first half was half-chances and scrappy play in the middle of the park, but after 53 minutes new signing Dan Hawkins broke the deadlock.
Mark Coyle ran clear through on his lonesome to wrap things up in stoppage time, slipping it past McCabe.
The first half delivered on the cagey affair that was expected. The first 15 minutes saw Shels constantly trying to pass out from the back only for play to be broken up by the home midfield.
The story of the first was half chances and neither team could take control. The best one probably came from Reds skipper Luke Byrne when his curling effort tested Colin McCabe.
Aodh Dervin looked like the only spark for the away team, but Mark Hughes and Dane Massey were solid in the first half for the hosts.
As soon as Dan Hawkins got the opener in the 53rd minute Drogheda went flat for a period and Shels looked a much more confident side.
The only slight remedy for this flatness was the introduction of multiple subs such as new signings Adam Foley, Dean Williams and George Poynton, who added some energy temporarily at least.
Poynton and Williams both went close with respective free-kicks but Lewis Web was equal to them. The visitors continued to manage the game and defend well.
Jack Moylan was probably their most lively and would have added the second if it wasn’t for multiple stops by McCabe.
Even though the Louth side had Shels boxed in as they chased the leveller, it never really felt like they would do it.
A wave of relief was sent through the away stand when Mark Coyle burst clear of the entire Drogheda team in stoppage time and calmly converted the cushion goal as four Drogs men chased close behind.
Duff will be delighted to get off the ground. Kevin Doherty will need to address a problem that seems to be carrying from last season, by where Drogheda drop their heads far too easily after conceding.
|24. Darragh Nugent||34'|
|53'||11. Dan Hawkins|
|67'||16. Aodh Dervin|
|78'||2. John Ross Wilson|
|16. Dayle Rooney||80'|
|80'||8. Mark Coyle|
|90'||8. Mark Coyle|
|United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland|