By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will travel to Oriel Park on Friday for the final Louth Derby of the season when they face Dundalk, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Boynesiders remain cast adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division table after they lost 4-1 at home to Bohemians last week.
With a return to the First Division all but confirmed, Drogheda manager Pete Mahon is confident his side will perform much better than Friday’s horror showing against the Gypsies.
“I thought we had been making progress in the last few weeks but the performance against Bohs was awful,” Mahon explained Wednesday evening. “It was like men against boys from a physical perspective but that’s the level that our young group needs to aspire to.
“I know I’ve said it before but the quality that this group shows in training belies that of a team odds on for relegation. The attitude is spot on and we just need a positive result from somewhere to lift the players’ confidence.”
Dundalk knocked Drogheda out of the FAI Cup a fortnight ago and have won the other two fixtures between the sides this season with Mahon fully aware of the Lilywhites’ quality.
“It doesn’t get any easier for us, they’ve given us some big defeats over the last couple of years but I don’t think we’ve anything to lose at this stage.
“We only have six games left this season and I certainly don’t want this winless run to carry over until next year so hopefully we can get that win over the line at some stage.”
In team news, Drogheda will be without the suspended pair of Jake Hyland and Chris Mulhall while Sean Russell and Conor Kane miss out through injury.
There are doubts over Colm Deasy, Jack Bayly and Stephen Dunne though Ryan Masterson returned to training this week.