Drogs continue fine start

Surprise packets Drogheda continued their remarkable start to the season with this deserved victory over Derry City at Hunky Dorys Park.

The home side went ahead on 22 minutes when Ryan Brennan lashed a left-footed effort past Doherty.

Brian Gannon had another goal-bound effort blocked by Patrick McEleney, before Doherty showed good hands to hold onto a Sean Brennan free-kick from 40 yards.

Tiarnan Mulvenna was then denied by a last-ditch Barry Molloy tackle, and the scorer’s brother Sean wasted another decent chance after being put clear by Paul Crowley.

Derry had decent claims for a penalty waved away when Simon Madden’s cross struck the hand of Gavin Brennan, but after that it was one-way traffic.

Derry’s Molloy got his marching orders in the 75th minute for a second bookable offence, and Drogheda pressed home their advantage on 89 when Gannon shot past Doherty.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Sava; Quigley, McNally, Prendergast, Grimes; Gannon, Crowley, R Brennan, G Brennan; S Brennan (Breen, 86), Mulvenna (O’Brien, 82).

DERRY CITY: Doherty; Madden, Greacen, McBride (S McEleney, 25), McCaffrey; P McEleney (Deery, 74), Higgins (Morrison, 74), Molloy, McLaughlin; Farren, Patterson.

Referee: G Kelly.

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