Drogheda United 4-1 Longford Town

Drogheda United hosted Longford Town at United Park, Windmill Rd, Moneymore, Drogheda, Co. Louth. They brought their unbeaten streak all the way up to six in a row, and closed the gap on the top three.

Ronan Murray and Mark Doyle scored one each in the first half to put Drogheda United 2-0 ahead, just for Longford Town to score through Aaron Dobbs. The teams went at half time went in at 2-1. The second half proved to be a stalemate, only for Jordan Adeyemo to score a brace and get the win for Drogheda.

Drogheda united have ascended to be the leagues top scorers, a big task for a team promoted just this season. Chris Lyons and Mark Doyle have proven to be highly effective this season, netting the majority of Drogheda United’s goals.

There is a long history of football in Drogheda, with the team first entering the league in 1919. Within two years of entering the league, they had ascended to champions. In 1927 they came to their current home of United Park. By 1933, the minor team was formed and this would eventually evolve into the seniors team.

In 1953, Fr. Kevin Connolly arrived, a native of Ravensdale, Dundalk. He is best remembered for the formation of Drogheda FC. In 1963, Drogheda FC ascended to the League of Ireland, finishing in the bottom three in three of their four first seasons. Things began to change in 1969 with the arrival of Mick Meegan as a player manager, and by 1971 the “Halifax Four” arrived. this year they managed to beat cup favourites, Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup.

Meegan departed the club in 1973 and was replaced by John Cowan. League performance was poor at this time, with the club finishing in the bottom three twice and 11th once. However, cup performance remained high and admirable.

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