Trims Tim Clancy saw his side eke out the three points in the League Of Ireland Premier division lash on Friday night, and while the win was deserved overall it did come about in somewhat fortuitous circumstances courtesy of late late own goal.
United marked their return to the Premier Division with a hard-fought but deserved win over a stubborn Waterford side at Head In The Game Park last night.
Fielding five of their new signings, the home side had the better of the first period, but struggled to turn possession into chances.
Much of Drogheda’s best work came down the right side of attack, with James Brown’s ability to get on up the field causing problems for Waterford’s defence.
Mark Doyle flashed a header past the post in the early stages, but Brian Murphy remained relatively untroubled throughout the opening period.
The second half saw Drogheda up the ante but, once again, clear-cut chances were few and far between. Darragh Markey’s curling effort was easily saved by Murphy, and Oscar Brennan made a desperate block from Doyle’s goal-bound effort.
It looked like both sides would have to settle for a point, but when good work from substitute Dinny Corcoran set Brown in once again and the full-back’s cross was deflected into his own net by Cameron Evans.
It was no more than Drogheda deserved against a physical and direct but limited Waterford outfit – whose assistant manager Mike Newell was shown a red card in the closing stages.