Hoops fall short in late comeback against league leaders St Patrick's Athletic.
| SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 30th October 2015
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O'Reilly og 19' North pen. 55' 75' 90' pen Waters 83'
| Daly 17' Mulvenna 31' Duffy 88'
|Match Photographs here|
Rovers finished the season with a flurry of goals on a wet and windy night in Tallaght Stadium and in the process relegated Drogheda Utd to the first division. A hat-trick of goals, including two penalties for Danny North and a goal from Kieran Waters followed an early own goal from Drogs defender Robert O'Reilly. The visitors had taken the lead twice with goals from Mick Daly and Tiernan Mulvenna and substitute Lee Duffy added a late third with a fine volleyed shot.
With the Hoops playing against the swirling wind in the first half there was a slow start to the game but player of the year Brandon Miele forced a save from Schlingermann in the Drogs goal on 7 minutes. A couple of minutes later a low Simon Madden cross was well defended. Sean Brennan shot just over the bar on 16 minutes but the ball took a deflection and the visitors took the lead from the resultant corner.
The Drogs had a half chance at the start of the second half when Daly crossed for Mulvenna to get a touch goal wards but Barry Murphy saved. A great effort from 25 yards out from Gary McCabe needed a finger- tip save from the Drogs ‘keeper just before the Hoops equalised.
The game opened up a little now and Duff saw his shot blocked in the box before Thornton’s dangerous free-kick caused problems for the Hoops defence. Luke Byrne then set up Miele for a run into the box and the ball fell for North but his shot was blocked. Rovers continued to press and Duff and Madden almost created openings as the Drogs seemed to tire.
Sean Thornton then got the better of Conor Kenna as the Drogs threw caution to the wind but he shot over the bar from a great position.
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