RECAP: DROGHEDA UNITED 0 - 3 ST. PATRICK'S
GARETH MAHER - Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ryan Guy was on target as St. Patrick's Athletic got back to their winning ways with a deserved victory over Drogheda United on Tuesday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
The domestic action in Ireland is now in its final stretch and St. Pat's are scrapping to finish in the top three, so this win in Hunky Dorys Park will help Pete Mahon's team in that quest.
Guy is also playing his part after setting up two goals in last week's 2-2 tie with Sporting Fingal and opening the scoring in this game after 14 minutes when he headed in a corner from Derek Doyle.
The San Diego native has been in exceptional form this season and if the Saints were to end the season in the top three and secure a Europa League qualifying place then a lot of credit would have to go to him.
There was only one team who were going to come out on top on this encounter and it was just a question of how many they would score.
Guy thought that he had netted again when he diverted Danny North's shot into the back of the net, but it was ruled offside.
Guy then tried his luck from long range when he forced Drogheda keeper Robert Duggan into a save before North made it 2-0 to the Saints when he followed up a shot from Doyle that wasn't dealt with properly by the keeper.
Drogheda were reduced to ten men when Eric McGill was sent off for a nasty challenge on North, but the game was wrapped up when Garreth O'Connor curled in a free-kick on 85 minutes to seal the win.
Next up for the Saints is a tough derby clash with Bohemians at Richmond Park on Saturday that they really need to win.