Christy Fagan's first-half strike proved decisive at United Park as St Pat's took a big step towards safety and plunged rock-bottom Drogheda closer to the drop.
In a lively start, recent signings Sean Russell and Chris Mulhall both tried their luck from long range for the Drogs without success but the home side were lucky not to concede after three minutes.
Killian Brennan, who left his home-town club recently to return to Richmond Park, lofted a corner kick to the edge of the 18-yard box, from where Kurtis Byrne shot off the crossbar.
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