Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps side picked up their sixth win of the campaign just north of the capital.
An explosive start saw Sean Houston break down the left before delivering a low cross, subsequently dealt with but only as far as the edge of the box, with Harps rewarded with a free after a poor tackle.
Eddie Dsane stood over the ball around 25 yards out and a wonderful free kick gave the large section of travelling support something to cheer about.
Just after Harps took the lead Thomas Byrne of Drogheda had a cracking effort curl towards the far post from the edge of the box but the crossbar came to the Donegal men’s rescue.
Drogheda had ample opportunity to equalise, a back post effort that wasn’t converted was a chance they would rue.
Harps had a chance to capitalise on the opportunity, McAleer was slipped through one-on-one had a brilliant chance however a poor attempt made it comfortable for McGuinness to gather.
A packed first half that saw the visitors take control approaching the halftime whistle and when the teams re-emerged, Harps two weeks break was proving crucial with an energetic approach clearly visible.
Two teams battling for survival but this game always looked like the ‘blue and white army’ would be taking the maximum return home.
The Drogs had chances that petered out, Harps had a chance or two coming to the same conclusion but with more promise to their attempt, the hard work was rewarded.
Danny Morrissey was sent through and despite being closed down rapidly found a gap under the goalkeeper to double the lead, Mc Aleer had a chance to make it three with just 5 minutes to go but a wonderful save denied the Omagh winger.
Crucial points and that can’t be stressed enough, with a home game against Bohemians to prepare for the momentum will be easily carried, could this be the turning point in Finn Harps season to keep them up consecutively for three years?