Ardmore win boosts Town survival bid
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.