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by Robert O'Reilly
Drogheda united will be looking for their first win in four when they take on relegation threatened Shelbourne at Tolka park, kick off 8pm.
Successive league defeats to Cork City and Shamrock Rovers has seen United slip to eight in the table with only four games remaining.
Captain Derek Prendergast returns to the side having served a two game ban for his dismissal in the EA Sports Cup final but Drogheda will be without the suspended Alan Byrne, Alan McNally, David Cassidy and Shane Grimes while Ryan Brennan and Cathal Brady are both doubts.
Shelbourne are a point adrift of Bray Wanderers at the bottom, albeit with a game in hand, but their recent form has been poor having lost four games in a row and they will be without long term injury victims Glenn Cronin, Paul Crowley, Brian Shorthall, Mark Leech and Jack Memery.
United were victorious on their last trip to Drumcondra when substitute Declan O’Brien scored twice and a Gary O’Neill header sealed a hard fought 3-1 win while the sides played out a scoreless draw at Hunky Dorys Park in July.
Speaking ahead of the game, Drogheda manager Mick Cooke stressed that this match is an opportunity for some fringe players to stake a claim ahead of Sunday’s Ford FAI Cup semi-final.
“Obviously we have a depleted squad tomorrow night, but this will present some of the other lads to put themselves forward for a place against Dundalk on Sunday, but tomorrow night is just as important to us as that game.
“We will still be looking to keep up with Cork City and hoping to finish in the top-half of the table.
“Shels won’t make it easy for us, they are fighting for their lives and each game we have played with them has been a tough encounter. But I will also expect that the 11 I put out on the pitch will make it as equally difficult for them.
“It’s been a tough time for the club in the last few weeks, it’s our fourth game in 10 days, but training today was excellent and the lads were really looking forward to the game. “
Derek Doyle 13’
Paul Andrews 24’
Gavin Brennan 30’
Gavin Brennan 61’
Pat Flynn (yellow) 29’
Derek Doyle (yellow) 29’