St Patrick’s Athletic……………………2

Drogheda United……………………….1

 

If fans ever get back into League Of Ireland grounds it may pay them to stay until the bitter end in games involving Drogheda United.

The previous week late late own goal saw the Drogs secure all three points against Waterford and last Saturday it was their turn to be hit with a goal in the dying moments.

A lively game looked like ending in 1-1, but the Saints snatched all three points when substitutes Darragh Burns and Billy King combined, with the latter nodding home from close range in the 90th minute to break Drogheda hearts.

The visitors had started slowly and spent the opening 15 minutes sitting deep and soaking up pressure, as St. Pat’s dominated possession.

Drogheda grew in confidence as the game wore on, however, and looked dangerous on the break, with Mark Doyle causing problems for John Mountney on the left flank.

The game remained scoreless at half-time, but Pat’s again dominated the opening stages of the second period.

Robbie Benson somehow failed to score from point-blank range as the pressure grew, before Ronan Coughlan finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark, finishing Jason McClelland’s cross from six yards.

Tim Clancy sprung Dinny Corcoran from the bench on 67 minutes, and the experienced front-man made an almost immediate impact.

Mark Doyle’s cutback from the left was fumbled by Pat’s ‘keeper Vitezslav Jaros, and Corcoran poked home the loose ball to level matters with 20 minutes remaining.

Drogheda then enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure and looked the more likely to snatch a winner, before King’s late intervention sent them back up the M1 empty-handed.