Drogheda edge a five-goal thriller against Sligo Rovers

Neil Yadolahi scores winning goal at United Park

Drogheda 3 Sligo Rovers 2

Drogheda United took the spoils in a five-goal thriller at United Park as they continue their 100 per cent start to the season against a strong Sligo Rovers side.

The visitors opened the scoring on seven minutes when Dinny Corcoran headed a John Russell cross past Michael Schlingermann at the far post, the former Drogheda man scoring his first goal for Sligo.

Nine minutes later, and against the run of play, Drogheda levelled the game as Jason Marks chipped up a ball for Daryl Kavanagh to head home.


Sligo retook the lead just before the break when Russell's corner found the unmarked Gavin Peers who scored the game's third header, to mark his 300th appearance for Sligo in fitting style.

On the break

After the break

Joe Gorman

cleared off the line as Sligo pressed but Drogheda caught the visitors on the break and Kavanagh turned provider as he lifted the ball over the top for

Cathal Brady

to fire a low shot past the visitors’ goalkeeper

Ryan Coulter


Rather fittingly, Drogheda's third was from a header also as Sean Thornton pumped a free into the box and Neil Yadolahi dipped his head and guided the ball away from Coulter into the net for his first goal for the Boynesiders and ultimately what proved to be the game's winner.

DROGHEDA UTD: Schlingermann; Daly, Yadolahi, Byrne, Gorman, Marks, Brennan (Duffy, 77 mins), Thornton, Maher, Brady (Scott, 85 mins), Kavanagh.

SLIGO ROVERS: Coulter; Keane, Peers, Folan, Ledwith; Devaney, Cawley, Russell (Puri 85 mins), Beattie; Cretaro (Nielsen, 77 mins), Corcoran.

Referee: R Harvey (Dublin) .