In a League of Ireland season rife with Goal of the Season contenders (most of which are from Patrick McEleney, if we’re being honest) Drogheda United’s debutant Sean Russell has rifled in in his own submission.
Pete Mahon’s side were in action at the Showgrounds to face Sligo Rovers on Saturday night in a match that neither could afford to lose in the battle to avoid relegation, and the away side broke the deadlock early in the second half thanks to this absolute screamer:
Russell, who only signed from Louisville City last week, gave Drogs fans an early showcase of his talents when he caught the ball sweetly on the half-volley outside the box, giving Sligo goalkeeper Mícheál Schlingermann no chance of keeping it out.
Goal of the season. Sean Russell Drogheda United. Wowsers!!
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) July 15, 2017
Amazingly, that was just Drogheda’s second goal in ten games in a bleak run that has seen Pete Mahon’s side plummet to the bottom of the Premier Division table and looking more and more like relegation certainties with each passing week.
In a match for the debutants, the Bit o Red’s new signing Rhys McCabe levelled proceedings, giving each side a share of the points that at least prevents defeat for both.
How this will affect the table at the end of the season remains to be seen, but the draw will do little to quell the feeling that Drogheda United and Sligo Rovers are both in serious trouble.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we chatted to Shelbourne manager Owen Heary and looked ahead to Irish sides’ big week in Europe, as well as the usual League of Ireland news.