Bril­liant Boys rise like the Phoenix

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Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

WHETHER it was co­in­ci­dence or prov­i­dence, Drogheda Boys rose like the prover­bial Phoenix against Phoenix FC to put in a sparkling dis­play of foot­ball on a beau­ti­ful spring morn­ing in Mar­ley’s Lane.

From the kick off Drogheda sparkled when they moved the ball out to the left for Fola Oki to take it up the wing to put it into the Phoenix penalty area for the in­com­ing Aaron Lawler to coolly slot the ball into the net.

Drogheda took con­trol of the mid­field and at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity they swept the ball out to the wings for Fola Oki and Frank McClean to run onto and press the Phoenix de­fence.

The pres­sure from Sam Vic­tory and Peter Mee­gan in the mid­dle of the park had the Phoenix mid­field out of sorts as they were con­stantly hav­ing to turn and race back to­wards their own goal to defuse the Drogheda at­tacks.

Drogheda kept prob­ing through­out the first half with Daire Sharkey be­ing strong in the at­tack and giv­ing the Phoenix de­fend­ers headaches with his strength and bus­tle.

How­ever, some last ditch de­fend­ing from Phoenix some­how man­aged to keep the score­line at 1-0 go­ing in at half­time. Drogheda came out like a whirl­wind at the start of the sec­ond half.

Bradley Abe­deen play­ing out right was run­ning on to the through ball from that mid­field mae­stro Aaron Smith.

Ev­ery time he put the ball into the penalty area Phoenix were in dis­ar­ray but the fi­nal touch was just lack­ing.

Then on 40 min­utes Drogheda got a free just inside the Phoenix half on the right hand side. Aaron Smith struck a beau­ti­ful di­ag­o­nal lofted ball and Aaron Lawler ghosted in on the far post to slam the ball into the Phoenix net, 2-0 to Drogheda Boys.

Phoenix to be fair didn’t lie down and they tried to take ad­van­tage when Drogheda lost the ball in mid­field.

How­ever the Drogheda cen­tral de­fen­sive part­ner­ship of Dipo Dele and Ewan Sweeney were tow­er­ing in de­fence and smoth­ered any threats.

When Phoenix switched to the wings to try and break down the Drogheda de­fence Taju Adi­gun on the right was rock solid and noth­ing was get­ting past him on the day.

Hugh McClean on the right of­fered an at­tack­ing threat which com­ple­mented his de­fen­sive­ness du­ties.

Then on 60 mins as Drogheda con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate Aaron Smith re­leased Bradley Abe­deen on the right wing who danced into the penalty area, cut inside and played the ball across the six yard box for the on­rush­ing Peter Mee­gan to bun­dle the ball into the net.

From the heart­break of the two pre­vi­ous away games Drogheda Boys put in a per­for­mance which was dis­ci­plined, stylish, di­rect when needed and fully de­served the re­ward for their ef­forts.

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