By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be aiming to make it four wins from five when they travel to Stradbrook Road to face Cabinteely on Friday night, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs find themselves setting the pace early on in the First Division as they sit top after four games played.
A challenging few days saw the Drogs draw 2-2 with Galway United last Friday before beating 10-man Finn Harps 2-1 on Monday night much to the delight of Drogs boss Tim Clancy.
“I thought Harps had actually settled the better on the evening,” the 33-year-old admitted. “We didn’t help ourselves by giving away a lot of needless fouls but to our credit we defended them well.
“Obviously the game changed on the red card and while I thought it was a penalty, maybe the red was a little bit harsh. Once we got ourselves into the lead, we never looked back and saw the match out really well.”
With the Boynesiders having a two goal lead and a man advantage at half-time, was the Drogheda boss worried about complacency in the second-half?
“We’re a side who are always looking to score goals. We knew that a third goal, given the man advantage, would’ve killed Harps off but we didn’t get it.
“At the same time, we were mindful that if we open up too much we could’ve let them back into the game. It’s a fine balancing act. Harps didn’t go down lightly and made a real game of it late on.”
Drogheda have had 10 different goal scorers already this season and while Cabinteely have won only one of their opening five games, Clancy is wary of the threat they pose.
“They’re a very capable side. We’re on a good run at the moment and it’s important that we keep it going.
“There isn’t a lot between most of the sides in the First Division and we know that we’ll have to be at our best to get a good result.”
Drogheda will welcome back Lee Duffy from suspension but Sean Brennan is expected to miss out through injury.
Chris Lyons will require a late fitness test.