By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to record back-to-back wins when they face Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs ended a 15-game winless run last Sunday as they defeated Evergreen FC 4-0 in the first round of the FAI Cup.
Goals from Ryan Masterson, Mark Doyle and a brace from Chris Mulhall sealed progression for the Boynesiders with Drogheda boss Pete Mahon now hoping his side can return to winning ways in the league against the Seagulls.
“It was really important for us to get a positive result,” Mahon explained Wednesday evening. “We were on a hiding to nothing in truth and we shouldn’t have had to rely on the late goals but getting to the next round is all that matters.
“It’s a nice confidence booster for the players. We were determined to keep a clean sheet and to then have three of our strikers score bodes well.”
Drogheda find themselves bottom of the table and nine points adrift of safety with just eight games remaining and Mahon is fully aware that Friday presents a final chance for his side to begin a great escape from relegation.
“We’re running out of games. We need to get a couple of wins to drag ourselves back into contention and realistically that has to start Friday night.
“The mood in the camp has been much better in recent weeks and I think that can be seen in the performances even if results haven’t really gone our way.
“I know Bray haven’t been in the best of form but there’s still a lot of quality in their side. We haven’t managed to beat them in three games so far this season but hopefully we can put that right.”
Kevin Farragher, Gavin Brennan, Sean Brennan and Stephen Elliott all miss out through injury for United though they will welcome back Thomas Byrne from suspension.