Bray Wanderers cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over struggling Drogheda United thanks to a stunning first half display at Hunky Dory Park.
With nothing on the line something less than the normal intensity of an Airtricity league game could have been expected. It was quickly apparent however that Bray had come to play.
Wanderers treated their travelling support to a feast of goals and led 4-0 after just 37 minutes thanks to some slick passing and clinical finishing that left the Louth team chasing shadows for much of the first half.
The visitors got off to the perfect start after just two Gary Shaw split the United defence before calmly slotting the ball in to the net.
With little to play for and on the back of a poor recent run it appeared that Drogheda had already given up on the season although they did have a chance to level the match. Lee Lynch narrowly missed the target with a snap shot.
However once a beautiful solo goal from Dan Mc Guinness made it 2-0 the game was as good as over. Mc Guinness had the United defence unsure what to do as he drove into the box cut inside and finished beautifully.
Just one minute later Mc Guinness turned creator, his fine cross finished off by John Mulroy as the United defence looked on.
Things continued to get worse for the home side as they failed to close down Gary Dempsey who fired a vicious strike in to the top corner from 25 yards.
Only the half time whistle saved Drogheda from further onslaught. Credit to them they emerged for the second half more determined and created chances while allowing less space to the Bray attack.
They were eventually rewarded with a consolation goal when Philip Hunt’s free kick was deflected in off substitute Conor Murphy.
From there the match petered out with Bray running out easy winners.