By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will go in search of their third away win of the season when they face Limerick at the Markets Field on Saturday, kick-off 6.30pm.
The Boynesiders, who were relegated to the First Division a fortnight ago, suffered a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers at United Park last Saturday.
Second-half goals from Ronan Finn and Brandon Miele secured victory for the european chasing Hoops leaving Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon to reflect on a disappointing result.
“I thought we were decent first-half but once Rovers scored they had complete control,” Mahon explained Thursday evening. “We could’ve gone into the break with the lead but we went into our shell once again when things went against us.
“Both days of training this week have been excellent and it has me wondering why we can’t replicate it on match day? The ability is there, they just need the right guidance and experience on the pitch and I hope we can address that next season.”
With three games left to play against sides that could join them in the First Division; Limerick, Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers, Mahon is fully aware of the importance of the remaining fixtures for both his side and the opposition.
“I can’t deny that it is tough to play against a side with everything on the line and us already relegated. The opposition have that intensity and aggression and we need to match it.
“That’s why it’s so important that we get a win under our belts in the next three games. We owe it to our fans first and foremost but also to the league in general.
“Our last win against Limerick came in the Markets Field a couple of years ago and we haven’t had much luck against them since, conceding equalisers twice in stoppage time.
“Hopefully we can change that on Saturday.”
Drogheda will be without the injured trio of Jake Hyland, Stephen Dunne and Ryan Masterson though Chris Mulhall returns from suspension.
Thomas Byrne is doubtful with a foot injury sustained on international duty though despite recent reports, the club expect the forward to be available for selection for the remainder of the season.