Basement side Quay Celtic were beaten 3-1 by a much more physical and stronger Boyne Harps outfit under the Clancy Park floodlights on Friday night.
Quay opened brightly and they had a goal disallowed after just five minutes for a marginal offside call.
Barry Kieran’s men continued to press and they pulled ahead from the penalty spot after Daniel Kerr was fouled in the box and Ross Mulpeter calmly converted from 12-yards.
The goal gave the home side further impetus and they went on to subject the Boyne goalkeeper to a severe test with Niall Donnelly and Kerr both drawing excellent saves from the net-minder. At the other end, Seamus Quigley was very confident with his handling when under pressure.
With the first-half drawing to a close, the visitors drew level through Helder Mota after a quick breakaway to leave it all square at the break.
The second-half opened with the home side working extremely hard to grab a second goal and again they went close through Dean Shiel and the extremely hard working Barry McKenna.
Eventually the more physical Drogheda side got into the game and with 20 minutes left to play they went 2-1 up, against the run of play , through Thomas Maguire before Angelo Marsella added a third goal to put a flattering look on the final scoreline.
QUAY CELTIC: Seamus Quigley, Dennis Cholach, Sean McErlean, Robbie Rafferty, Robbie Gavigan, Niall Donnelly, Gavin Donnelly (Shane McKenna), Barry McKenna, Dean Shiel, Daniel Kerr, Ross Mulpeter.