By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United ended a run of 21 league games without a win as they defeated Finn Harps 3-2 at Finn Park.
A Caolan McAleer brace wasn’t enough for the hosts as Drogheda came from behind to win for the first time this season thanks to second-half goals from Chris Mulhall, Thomas Byrne and Stephen Meaney.
Harps took the lead after just 51 seconds as McAleer’s strike from distance flew over the head of Drogheda keeper Stephen McGuinness.
Ollie Horgan’s side missed further chances to extend their lead and they were made to pay when a mix-up in defence presented Mulhall with an opening and he expertly chipped Ciaran Gallagher from 25-yards.
Drogheda were in front on 71 minutes as substitute Byrne picked up the ball on the left and he cut inside before finding the top corner from the edge of the box.
The Boyneisders were in full control at this stage and they sealed victory with ten minutes remaining as Mark Doyle rounded the advanced Gallagher before cutting the ball back for Meaney who fired the ball home for his first senior goal for the club.
Harps managed to halve the deficit as McAleer produced another fantastic finish but the Drogs held on for only their fifth league win of the season.
Drogheda finish their campaign at home to relegation threatened Sligo Rovers at United Park on Monday.
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty (Shane Blaney 71), Kilian Cantwell, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Mark Timlin (BJ Banda 77), Gareth Harkin, Tommy McBride (Sean Houston 68), Caolan McAleer; Danny Morrisey, Ibrahim Keita.
Drogheda United: Stephen McGuinness; Shane Elworthy, Kevin Farragher, Stephen Dunne, Conor Kane; Sean Russell (Thomas Byrne 69), Sean Brennan (Jamie Hollywood 77), Ryan McEvoy, Mark Doyle; Chris Mulhall, Stephen Meaney (Jack Bayly 83).