Drogheda get helping Hand in beating Galway

DROGHEDA UNITED recorded their first win of the season to climb off the foot of the table in the battle of the basement clubs in Terryland Park last night.

In a game dominated by a blustery wind blowing in off the Corrib towards the city goal, two goals in the space of four minutes midway through the second-half saw Mick Cooke’s side come from behind to record a precious win and leapfrog their hosts in the table to end their losing run, and extend the home side’s to nine games.

The Tribesmen, aided by the elements, dominated the first-half but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances. It was the visitors who went closest to opening the scoring but Mark O’Brien’s deflected shot was well saved by Greg Fleming.

The home side struck for the opener 60 seconds later.

Shane Keogh’s ball from the back carried on the wind to Mikey Gilmore, who stole in between the Drogheda centre-backs in the box to prod the ball past the advancing Stephen Trimble for what was only United’s second goal at home this season.

It was the visitors’ turn to play with the wind at their backs in the second period, and they made better use of the conditions, peppering Fleming’s goal from a number of angles and grabbing the two goals that sealed a first win of the season.

Left-back Philip Hand was instrumental in both goals, going on a raiding run in the 63rd minute before finding Darragh McNamara, who squared for Darragh Hannapy to fire home from six yards. Drogheda took the lead four minutes later when Hand’s long ball evaded the home defence, and while Fleming saved Mark O’Brien’s initial effort, he was helpless with the second as the midfielder slotted the rebound into the unguarded net.

GALWAY UNITED: Fleming; Sinnott, Maher, Walsh, Keogh; Ryan, Feeney (Dusi 42), Kelly (Cash 70), Moore; Murphy (Curran 46), Gilmore.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Trimble; C O’Brien, McNally, Ekenam, Hand; McNamara, M O’Brien, McCrossan (Thompson 46), Quigley, Freeman (Hannapy 46); Corcoran.

Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).

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