Ard­more win boosts Town sur­vival bid

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Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

IT was a good week for Drogheda Town’s sur­vival hopes as back-to-back wins moved Rob­bie Hor­gan’s side to within a point of fourth from bot­tom Wick­low Rovers.

On Wed­nes­day night Town hosted Clon­dalkin Celtic, a side push­ing for pro­mo­tion, and Hor­gan’s team came away with a price­less 1-0 win.

On Fri­day they made the trek to Ard­more Rovers were they se­cured a 2-0 win to fur­ther boost their sur­vival chances.

It was the first time this sea­son that Hor­gan had a full squad to select from, which was a mas­sive help with both takes tak­ing place in the space of just 48 hours.

Goals in the first-half on Fri­day night helped se­cure Town their win. Em­manuel San­tos and Daniel Kerr were the goal scor­ers. San­tos’ goal was very much a solo ef­fort. He raced on to a through ball be­fore round­ing a de­fender and the keeper and fin­ish­ing into an empty net.

Daniel Kerr latched on to a long through from Andy Hickey on the right hand side be­fore vol­ley­ing into the top cor­ner. The home side pushed hard in the sec­ond-half to try and force a way back in the game but Town were com­fort­able to sit back and de­fend.

Ard­more were re­duced to ten-men late on but Town were com­fort­able and eas­ily saw out the game.

On Wed­nes­day, Drogheda trav­elled to Con­dalkin, a team who had beaten them 5-2 ear­lier in the sea­son but they were much more com­pet­i­tive this time around. Town’s dan­ger mainly em­anated from set pieces and long throws. They caused Clon­dalkin no end of has­sle in the first-half and were un­lucky not to take the lead ear­lier.

With seven min­utes re­main­ing, and very much on the back foot in the sec­ond-half, Drogheda won a cor­ner which Eoin Breat­nach whipped in and for­mer Drogheda United U-19 player Kieran Cluskey Kelly was on the end to turn the ball home. It was the quin­tes­sen­tial smash and grab from the North East­ern.

Rob­bie Hor­gan cred­its his de­fence with the re­cent change in form, they have kept three clean sheets in their last three games. Hor­gan has his side play­ing more of a 3-5-2 for­ma­tion and what was a real prob­lem early in the sea­son, con­ced­ing too many goals, has sud­denly dis­ap­peared. The man­ager quipped that clean sheets win games, a for­mer Drogheda United goal­keeper he has a real un­der­stand­ing of that sen­ti­ment.

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