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An out­stand­ing mid­field dis­play by John Flanagan more than com­pen­sated for the ab­sence of David Fair­ciough and David Nu­gent as Drogheda United Boys in­flicted a first home de­feat on Athlone.

The Boy­nesiders got off to a great start when a Derek Shevlin cross was headed home by Martin Beggs af­ter one minute. Dar­ius Kier­ans (right) hit the cross­bar with a 30 yard free kick be­fore Aaron Reynolds was un­for­tu­nate to put through his own goal for the equaliser.

In the sec­ond half, United, up­set by some ref­eree de­ci­sions, went all out for the points and were re­warded when Mark Gro­gan beat the off­side trap to score. With time run­ning out Martin Smith killed off the game when he fin­ished a move started by Wayne Kelly.

Af­ter­wards, for­mer United stal­wart, Ray McGuigan was high in his praise of John Flanagan stat­ing: ‘I would love to watch a game like that ev­ery week’.

United Boys’ re­cent un­beaten run has seen them move to third in the Premier ta­ble. Next week they are away to Way­side Celtic at Golden Ball in the Youth Cup and a spe­cial bus will be avail­able to sup­port­ers.

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