Dundalk v Drogheda preview

Updated: October 21, 2011

Dundalk will face off against Drogheda United in the Airtricity League Premier Division at 7:45pm tonight with little on the line except pride and local bragging rights.

A season that began so promisingly for Dundalk has ended in frustration as injuries and suspensions have railroaded a season that once looked as if it would be a successful one for the men from Oriel Park.

They now lie in seventh place in the table, having suffered five consecutive defeats and failed to record a victory since a win against U.C.D in July.

With the club beginning a search for new ownership and expecting to lose some key players in the offseason they will be looking to go out on a high in this game.

This match is also likely to be Ian Foster’s last game at Oriel Park as manager. His contract is set to expire after the season and there have been no signs of a new deal.

For Drogheda, the main goal of survival in the Premier division has been achieved for several weeks and these games represent a chance to continue to build momentum for next season.

Mick Cooke’s side have exceeded expectations and will be looking to claim another scalp with victory over their closest rivals

Alan McNally returns for Drogheda squad following suspension, however it looks like midfielder Lee Lynch will be absent with the flu. Jack Flynn and Colin O’Brien remain out.

Dundalk will be able to welcome back midfielders Dean Bennett and Greg Bolger from suspension and Carl McHugh will return having been on International duty with the Republic of Ireland U19s.

Ross Gaynor is out with a suspension while Eoghan Osborne and Stephen Maher will both miss the remainder of the season with injuries.

Mark Griffin will also miss the game as he is due to undergo surgery on a groin injury.

In the sides last meeting at Oriel Park Drogheda emerged on top 2-1 and they will be hoping to repeat that form tonight.

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