Goals from Sean Thornton, Adam Whelan & Sean Brennan gave Drogheda a 3-1 victory over First Division side Cabinteely in the second round of the FAI Cup.
It was Cabinteely who started slightly brighter, seeing a lot of the ball in the first few minutes. That didn’t last long however, as nine minutes in, Drogheda hit the front.
A ball in from the left by Joe Gorman was dropped by Cabinteely keeper Sean Hyland and veteran midfielder Sean Thornton was there to tap in to give the home side the lead.
It was Drogheda who looked most like scoring next and they almost did on 12 minutes as Adam Whelan saw his header spilled again by Hyland. However, Duffy couldn’t make the most of the opportunity and the score remained 1-0.
The visitors equalised on the half hour mark following great work from Pender who gave the ball out wide. Left-back Daniel Campbell played a terrific ball to the back post where Jamie McGlynn was on hand to slot past Dylan Connolly at his near post.
The second half didn’t seem to kick-off until Drogheda regained the lead with 20 minutes left to play. Adam Whelan pounced on a misjudged pass by the Cabinteely defence before charging forward and burying the ball into the back of the net past Hyland to score his first goal in a Drogheda shirt.
The second 45 was far from a great spectacle and after a number of half chances from Drogheda, they finally made it 3-1, in the 93rd minute. Brennan took the ball inside the Cabinteely half, played it out to Duffy on the right, who saw his shot saved by Hyland, but the ball fell straight into the path of Brennan who tapped home to make sure of the result and send his side through to the next round.
Not an easy task picking the best man as nobody really stood out, but Sean Thornton gets the vote from me. It was he who scored the first for the Boynesiders, and similarly to recent weeks, Drogs looked dangerous going forward whenever he was involved.
Adam Whelan Goal
The solo goal from Whelan has to be the crowd pleaser. It was the goal that gave the home side the lead for the second time and lifted the spirits of the frustrated Drogheda crowd.
Adam Whelan vs Jamie McGlynn
There wasn’t many battles on the pitch but the one between Whelan and McGlynn did stand out, with both players constantly looking to get forward. It’s impossible to pick a winner from this as both players managed to get their names on the scoresheet with well-taken goals.
What Happens Next?
That win makes it three competitive home wins in a row for Drogheda, the first time they have achieved that since 2012. Next up for Johnny McDonnell’s side is a trip to Markets Field to take on Limerick, in what will be the first game played in the stadium since its redevelopment.
It’s back to league matters for Cabinteely now and next up for them is an away game against UCD, who are currently sitting third in the First Division. Eddie Gormley’s side beat UCD in the EA Sports Cup this season before losing 2-0 to the students in the league.
Drogheda United: Connolly; Gorman, Byrne (C), O’Reilly, McGowan; Thornton, Hughes; Whelan (Mulvenna 76’), Marks, Brennan; Duffy.
Unused Subs: Farrell (GK), Walshe, Maher, Buckley, Scott, Fionn Reilly.
Cabinteely: Hyland; Campbell (Jordan Broderick 84’), Ekanem, Knight, McGlynn; O’Neill, Brilly, McKeown (C), Dunne (Buckley 67’), Finnegan (Hanley 79’); Pender.
Unused Subs: Gillen (GK), Cairns, Foley, Ross Broderick.
Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena