St Patrick’s Athletic got what could prove to be a vitally important few day for the club off to the perfect start last night as they comfortably saw off Drogheda Utd 4-0 at Richmond Park.
The goals, which came from Derek Doyle, Daryl Kavanagh, Danny North and Anthony Murphy kept Pat’s in the mix at the top end of the table and set them up perfectly up for their Dublin derby with Bohemians on Monday night.
Pat’s got the game off to the perfect start after three minutes when Doyle fired a low angled shot past Drogheda goalkeeper Stephen Trimble. That goal freed Pat’s who controlled the pace and tempo of the game and had Drogheda chasing shadows at times.
Along with Doyle, Danny North and Daryl Kavanagh posed all sort of problems for the Drogheda defence. The away side did eventually manage a meaningful attempt on goal in the 21st minute when Gavin Brennan headed over from close range.
Another chance for Drogheda passed them by five minutes before halftime. Philip Hand took the free but sent his effort straight into Rogers’ hands.
The second half saw the home side come out much the stronger and they doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Kavanagh nodded home a super cross from Stephen Bradley.
The Saints put the game beyond doubt on the 64 minute mark when Drogheda were reduced to ten men after Dave Rogers was sent off for a second bookable offence when he tripped Danny North in the penalty area.
North missed the spot kick but was quickest to react and he slotted home the follow up to put Pat’s 3-0. Anthony Murphy completed the rout for the home side with a beautifully struck shot past Trimble to put the seal on a terrific home performance.
St Patrick’s Ath: Gary Rogers; Ian Bermingham, Evan McMillan, Brian Shorthall, Derek Pender; Derek Doyle (David McMillan 66), David Mulcahy, Stephen Bradley (Ian Daly 83), Anthony Murphy; Daryl Kavanagh, Danny North (Shane McFaul 78)
Subs not used: Chris Bennion, Shane Guthrie, Conor Kenna, Paul Crowley.
Drogheda United: Stephen Trimble; Philip Hand, Dave Rogers, Alan McNally, Stephen Quigley (Robbie Gaul 83); Gavin Brennan, Brian Gannon, Lee Lynch, Mark O’Brien; Danny Corcoran (Shane Dolan 90), Tiernan Mulvenna (Jordan White 57)
Subs not used: Robert Duggan, Cillian Thompson, Sean Challenger, Robbie Clarke.
Referee: Padraig Sutton (Clare).