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Date Time League Season
6 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Pat’s cruise to away win over Drogheda

St Patricks Athletic cruised to victory tonight beating Drogheda United 4-0 at Head in the Game Park.

Right from the off the hosts struggled to contain the Saints and after just four minutes Billy King floated a cross to the back stick where Darragh Burns headed home. Eoin Doyle added a second in the 35th minute, slotting home after Burns’ through ball.

King got a well-deserved for the third, burying a shot in the bottom corner from inside the box just after the hour. Kyle Robinson scored with his first touch off the bench latching onto a low cross and made the game finish 4-0 to the visitors.

A miserable day at the office for Drogheda was met by a lucrative return to Head in the Game Park for Tim Clancy as his Dubliners brushed Kevin Doherty's men aside.

Right from the off the main problem was obvious for the Drogs as King tormented George Poynton down the left wing, beating him with ease a number of times within the first couple of minutes and moments later to the detriment of the hosts.

With just four minutes gone he got to the by line and stood up a floated cross for Burns to head home. Creativity from these two was central to how Pats constantly threatened the Louth side throughout the half.

Drogheda responded positively for 10 minutes but Eoin Doyle neutralised this when he got on the end of a lovely through ball from Burns and slotted past Long.

The goal was met with controversy though as the home crowd and management were insistent that Doyle was offside.

The Claret and Blue side made some necessary changes at the break as Poynton and Luke Heeney came off and the home team troubled Pats for the next few minutes. Delays due to a drone above the ground were untimely for the Drogs and the game went flat again.

King got a goal of his own to make it three when he was gifted plentiful time in the box and composed himself to bury a close range shot past Sam Long.

From here Drogheda were out of the game completely and didn’t even look like getting a consolation.

Kyle Robinson came off the bench for the Saints to make matters worse, latching on to a low cross in the 86th minute and tapping in with his first touch to make it 4-0.

Clancy’s men flexed their muscle over a Drogheda team in a terrible mental state. They now move to third with Dundalk and Sligo dropping points while Drogheda drop to eighth with Shels winning.

  • Full-time here and it finishes Drogheda 0-4 Pats.

  • 90'

    Seven added on as Pats continue to control the crescendo of the game

  • 87'

    After coming on for Ben McCormack, Kyle Robinson scores with his first touch to make it 4-0

  • 85'

    Drogheda chasing the game with all they have but look out of sorts here with around five left of normal time

  • 77'

    James Clarke booked and Darragh Nugent replaces Ryan Brennan

  • 75'

    Tunde Owolabi and Jason McClelland come on for Doyle and Forrester

  • 62'

    3-0 to the visitors. King is gifted way too much time in the box, turns swiftly and buries it into the bottom corner

  • 60'

    Burns threatens again as play resumes on the hour mark. He goes in one on one but Long makes himself big and saves

  • 58'

    Delays continue due to the presence of a drone over the ground

  • 54'

    A five minute delay to the game ends and Dean Williams has the ball in the net but it is ruled out for a foul in the build up

  • 50'

    Yellow for Anto Breslin

  • 45'

    Second-half begins and Drogheda make two much needed changes. Poynton and Heeney are off and James Clarke and Evan Weir come on

  • Half-time in Drogheda and it remains 0-2

  • 45'

    Luke Heeney booked for a challenge on Chris Forrester

  • 42'

    The Dubliners starting to settle now and really looking the superior side as we approach the break

  • 35'

    Doherty booked after the second goal for voicing his complaints at what looked like a potential offisde

  • 34'

    2-0 Pats. Burns splits the defence with a great ball and Eoin Doyle slots it past Long

  • 31'

    Another scare for Kevin Doherty as Andrew Quinn bizarrely ignores a dangerous ball and on the follow up Poynton almost clips it into his own goal

  • 28'

    Dayle Rooney with a decent effort from a free-kick that dips just wide of Joseph Anang's post

  • 19'

    Again King goes by Poynton with ease and has a strike but its comfortably saved by Sam Long

  • 16'

    The Drogs have come back into it a bit now and are starting to push their centre halves higher

  • 10'

    It’s been all the saints so far here. Billy King continuing to cause problems down the left after setting up Burns for the goal

  • 3'

    Early goal for Pats. Darragh Burns rises at the back post and heads home

  • We're underway in Louth

  • Pats team news: Jamie Lennon, Adam Murphy and Ronan Coughlan are unavailable. 16 year old Sam Curtis makes his first start in defence and former Drog Joe Redmond starts as well

  • Drogheda team news: Darragh Markey and Adam Foley remain unfit. Dean Williams is on the bench again and so is U19s striker Victor Arong for his first team debut

  • Drogheda look to bounce back last weeks bitter 4-1 loss to Dundalk and also regain some distance from the relegation zone. Pats will most likely need a win to keep pace with the teams at the summit after also taking a heavy defeat last time out, losing 4-0 to Derry

  • Con Sheehan here back at Head in the Game Park this time for Drogheda United v St Pats Athletic. Kick-off at 7:45 pm

Drogheda Utd

31Sam Long Goalkeeper
2Sean Roughan Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
10Dylan Grimes 29 Midfielder
14Dane Massey Defender
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan 24 Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 22 Midfielder 45'
26George Poynton 3 Midfielder
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir 26 Defender
12Aaron Davis Goalkeeper
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
22James Clarke 21 Midfielder 77'
24Darragh Nugent 19 Midfielder
29Victor Arong 10 Forward

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti 3 Defender
8Chris Forrester 11 Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle 45 Forward 33'
15Billy King 14 Forward 62'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward 4'
18Ben McCormack 33 Midfielder
19Anto Breslin Defender 50'
22Sam Curtis Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
3Ian Bermingham 5 Defender
11Jason McClelland 8 Forward
14Mark Doyle 15 Forward
30Ross Fay Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
33Kyle Robinson 18 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 8)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

(Series 29)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 21)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

(Series 11)
3 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 2)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

Ground

United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for FinalWhistle.ie