|15 August 2021||3:00 pm||Premier Division||2021|
Shamrock Rovers went three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after their 1-0 win over Drogheda United at United Park, courtesy of Aaron Greene’s second half goal.
The league leaders are in pole position for the title as they have a game in hand on title rivals St Patricks Athletic.
Drogheda battled hard throughout but didn’t create enough chances across the 90 minutes to get into the game.
The loss continues their miserable run of form of five straight defeats, with United picking up just one win in their last 10 games.
Drogheda have been thrown into the relegation battle with the home side now sitting just five points above the drop zone.
Shamrock Rovers started the better of the two sides and created the game’s first opportunity inside five minutes, when Graham Burke forced an excellent save from David Odumosu.
Burke tested Odomosu again just before half time as he created some space inside the box with clever shifting of his feet and forced a fantastic save by the busy keeper.
Greene made the breakthrough after relentless pressure from the league leaders to score his fifth goal of the season.
Burke managed to get away from new signing Joe Redmond and fired a low cross across the face of goal picking out the striker, who drifted away unmarked to place the ball into an empty net.
Drogheda struggled to get into the contest, with the home side restricted to aimless long balls surrendering possession.
It took United until the 72nd minute to create a clear-cut chance as Killian Phillips’ header from a corner was cleared off the line by Chris McCann.
Drogheda players were furious when they were denied a penalty by referee Raymond Matthews, when it looked as if Sean Hoare had handled the ball in the area.
In the closing stages of the match, Shamrock Rovers took their foot of the gas and saw the game out comfortably.
|United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland|