Ward’s hat-trick en­sures a bad night for Drogheda

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

A spec­tac­u­lar Keith Ward hat-trick en­sured a mis­er­able night for Drogheda as Bo­hemi­ans cruised to a 4-1 win as both teams fin­ished with ten-men.

Drogheda’s first and only chance of a drab first-half came when Shane Sup­ple spilled a Thomas Byrne free early on but Chris Mul­hall could only hook it back across goal.

Ish­mail Ak­i­nade al­most broke the dead­lock when his div­ing header con­nected with a Derek Pen­der cross but Stephen McGuin­ness scram­bled the ball away.

The vis­i­tors had a se­ries of chances be­fore break­ing the dead­lock on 10 min­utes when Keith Ward let fly from 25 yards to beat Stephen McGuin­ness. Ward added a sec­ond just be­fore half-time when he was played through and beat the keeper at his near post.

Keith Long’s side were re­duced to ten men when Os­car Bren­nan picked up a sec­ond-yel­low card early in the sec­ond-half. Drogheda fol­lowed suit on the hour mark when Chris Mul­hall was shown a straight red for an off the ball in­ci­dent with Rob Corn­wall.

The vis­i­tors then scored two won­der goals. Ward bagged his hat-trick with another long range ef­fort on 64 min­utes but he was out­done sixty sec­onds later by Dinny Cor­co­ran who lobbed Stephen McGuin­ness from 45 yards to make it 4-0.

The hosts added a con­so­la­tion on 69 min­utes through Sean Bren­nan .

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