By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will travel to Maginn Park on Friday as they take on Derry City, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Boynesiders find themselves bottom of the league, twelve points adrift of eleventh placed Finn Harps, with only five games remaining.
A 3-0 defeat to Dundalk last week was Drogheda’s 18th defeat of the season though Drogs boss Pete Mahon believes the scoreline was harsh on his side.
“I was quite pleased with the performance,” Mahon explained Thursday evening. “We started the game very well and could’ve scored a couple of goals in the first-half with some better finishing and luck.
“We’ve struggled to score past Dundalk this season but I can’t criticise the players, they kept going until the end.
“Dundalk have the ability to put some heavy scores past teams, as we know, but I thought 3-0 was a harsh reflection on the game.
“If we can keep the nucleus of that team here for next season, we’ll be in a good position.”
Drogheda face a Derry side out of form having lost their last four games in the league including a 5-0 defeat at home to Bray Wanderers last week.
“I was really shocked at the result. I know Derry aren’t in the best of form at the minute but I never expected that.
“They were my tip for the title at the start of the season and everything seemed to be going so well before Ryan McBride’s tragic passing.
“We know the quality that they have and they’ve beaten us up there before but if we match the performance from last week, I’ll be happy.”
Drogheda will be without the suspended pair of Chris Mulhall and Thomas Byrne while Gavin Brennan, Stephen Dunne, Jake Hyland and Sean Russell miss out through injury.