Drogheda in driving seat for return to Premier League

Cobh Ramblers 0 Drogheda Utd 2: A couple of well taken goals in two second-half minutes in this SSE Airtricity First Division play off, first leg put Drogheda well on course for a return to the Premier League.

Drogheda in driving seat for return to Premier League

There was a minute’s applause for former Munster head coach Anthony Foley in the 8th minute,which reverberated around the ground from the near 2,000 attendance.

Both sides went close to an opener in the first half, with Ramblers midfielder Gary Comerford, who had scored 1-5 for Stradbally in the Laois SFC final a week ago, heading inches wide.

Then former Sunderland and Doncaster midfielder Sean Thornton, the Drogheda skipper, set up Luke Gallagher who shot wide when he should have hit the target.

But Drogheda struck two crucial goals on 60 and 62 minutes, as first Mark Griffin climbed highest to head into the corner of Paul Hunt’s net.

They doubled their advantage with a cracking second goal, Thornton touching a free kick to Gareth McCaffrey who thumped a 30-yard drive past Hunt, much to the delight of the travelling support.

COBH RAMBLERS:

Hunt; Mylod, Mulcahy, Kingston, Fleming; McGreevy, Comerford, Donnellan, Christopher; O’Connor; Lehane.

Subs:

Ellis and Whelan for McGreevy and Christopher (both 72), O’Donnell for Lehane (82).

DROGHEDA:

McGuinness; Dunne, Farraher, Gallagher, Deasy; McCaffery, Hyland, Thornton, Purdy, Wixted; Griffin.

Subs:

Ashe for McCaffery (76), McKeown for Hyland (85), Doyle for Griffin (90).

Referee:

Andrew Mullally (Waterford).

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