After securing back to back win’s for the first time this season, Drogheda United will be going for gold as they look to secure successive win’s over Dundalk when the sides meet at Hunky Dory Park in the third Louth derby of the season on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).
Home advantage had proved the opposite in the previous meeting between the two this season with Dundalk claiming a first away win of the season when the sides met in April, Daniel Kearns scoring late on to give the border side all three points. However last time out Drogheda make a mockery of the number 13 as they pulled off a super win to beat Ian Foster’s men 2-1 at Oriel Park, their first st league win over The Lilywhites in, yes you guessed it, 13 years.
Dinny Corcoran was the scorer of the first Drogheda goal and a stunning free kick from Philip Hand doubled their lead, Daniel Kearns pulled one back for Dundalk five minutes from time.
Mick Cooke’s side go into this match full of confidence after they defeated Bray Wanderers at the weekend with the Oriel Park winning duo Dinny Corcoran and Philip Hand once again proving the match winners.
Cooke, speaking to the Drogheda website, said that his team are confident that they can get a result against Dundalk: “The lads did well against Bray and with all the work they put in they deserved that. The confidence is high, but we know Dundalk are going to be a different prospect. Ian Foster has produced a good side this year and they showed that when they got a point against Sligo last week. We will be quietly confident that we can get a result on Friday night.”
In terms of team news, Brian Gannon will return from suspension, while Jack Flynn and Colm O’Brien are still ruled out due to injury.
Despite only losing once in their last eight games Dundalk have drawn four times and last time they needed a very late penalty to notch a draw against ten-men Sligo Rovers on Sunday evening, all the drama took place in the final few minutes with Sligo taking the lead in the 88th minute only for top scorer Mark Quigley to rescue a point with a coolly taken spot kick in the 93rd minute.
Ian Foster, victim of a hoax twitter attack this week, is still without long-term injury victims Eoghan Osborne, Stephen McDonnell and Colin Hawkins. Nathan Murphy is a doubt as he is recovering from a toe operation.
Drogheda DDWDLW (WDLL)
Drogheda Daniel Corcoran 4
Dundalk Mark Quigley 9
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