By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs continued their good home form with a comprehensive defeat of a good Shels side on Saturday at United Park.
With David Harper and Emmett Carolan injured, James Carroll continued at right back with Karl Fitzsimons continuing in midfield.
Recent wins have given this team a confidence to play fast and accurate football, even under pressure.
The game was only 5 minutes old when in a typical fast move on the right hand side Stephen Meaney was unlucky to see his shot save.
But only five minutes later the Drogs took the lead when Lee Partridge cut in from the left hand side and struck a good shot which the Shels keeper parried out to Mark Doyle who made no mistake from the rebound.
Shels were having almost as much possession as the Drogs, but the home were more dangerous in from of goal.
After a Shels chance slid past the post on 23 minutes the home side had chances on the half hour before Fitzsimons made it 2-0 on 38 minutes from a Doyle pass.
The Drogs went in 2-0 up at half time and it took a good Dylan Sweeney save on 50 minutes to keep the visitors scoreless, but on 53 Partridge sent a great shot from outside the box to the top corner of the net to make it 3-0.
The visitors pulled one back on 56 minutes but it was the Drogs who had the final say on 72 minutes when Fitzsimons made it 4-1 witH a good snap shot from outside the box.
This was another comprehensive victory for Derek Boyle’s Under 19s, with a well balanced squad, most of whom have been in the Drogheda United Player Pathway for at least two seasons.
Drogheda United Team: Dylan Sweeney, James Carroll, Craig D’Arcy Sean Tunney, Sam Reilly, Kyle Molloy, Karl Fitzsimons, Mark Doyle. (Lee McGuinness), Stephen Meaney, Nathan Seery (Eoin Broughan), Lee Partridge (Sean Hughes),
Sub not used: Harry Hogan