Shel­bourne in pole po­si­tion

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Shel­bourne are in the driv­ing seat in the First Di­vi­sion pro­mo­tion play-off af­ter they de­feated Drogheda United 1-0 at United Park last night.

The vis­i­tors took the lead mid­way through the first-half as James English pow­ered a header be­yond Drogheda goal­keeper Paul Skin­ner from close range.

Drogheda felt ag­grieved mo­ments later as Chris Lyons was taken down in the penalty area by Derek Pren­der­gast but ref­eree Ray Matthews pointed only for a cor­ner-kick.

United dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond-half but they strug­gled to break down a res­o­lute Shels de­fence.

The two sides will meet again at Tolka Park on Mon­day with the win­ners fac­ing Finn Harps over two legs.

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