Drogheda United made sure of their place in round two of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup with a solid performance against Kilkenny junior side Evergreen.
The SSE Airtricity League’s Premier Division side delivered a late charge which saw them stifle the city side and leave the Kells Road with a solid win.
Drogheda were quick to stamp their authority on the game, taking just eight minutes to go in front. Chris Mulhall broke the deadlock, timing his run to latch on to Conor Kane’s clever pass before slipping the ball past netminder Philly Johnston.
With Evergreen pressing for an equaliser, United struck on the counter and doubled their lead with less than 20 minutes to play. Sub Ryan Masterson was barely on the pitch when he chased down a long clearance and, with his first touch, lofted the ball over the advancing Johnston.
Drogheda were in full flight at that stage, and made it 3-0 when Mulhall grabbed his second goal nine minutes from time. Johnston did well to parry Masterson’s venomous shot from point-blank range, but could do little to prevent Mullally from gleefully turning the rebound home.
Pete Mahon’s side finished with a flourish and made sure of their place in the second round when sub Mark Doyle powerfully headed home from an Adam Wixted corner four minutes from time.