By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will aim to close the gap on First Division leaders UCD when they face Finn Harps at Ballybofey on Friday night, kick-off 8pm.
The Boynesiders sit four points behind the Students in second place in the table following a 1-1 draw at home to Shelbourne last week.
Sean Brennan’s 73rd minute penalty appeared to be enough for all three points but James English’s equaliser five minutes from time meant both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils much to the frustration of Drogs boss Tim Clancy.
“It was a very tough game,” the Trim native explained Thursday afternoon. “Shels are a good team and you could see on Friday that they’ll be right up there at the end of the year.
“I thought we played better in the second-half but there wasn’t that much between the sides. A draw was probably a fair result and it means we’re still unbeaten at home in the league.”
With the first round of fixtures complete, Drogheda find themselves well placed in the league with Clancy delighted with his side’s start to the campaign.
“It’s been so far, so good. We didn’t set any targets at the start of the season and I don’t plan on changing that now. We’re going to take each game as it comes and hopefully that’ll leave us in with a shout of promotion when we get to the business end of things.”
Drogheda won the previous league meeting with Finn Harps 2-1 back in March though after some impressive recent results, Clancy is expecting another tough test on the road against Ollie Horgan’s side.
“It was a massive win for them on Saturday. Longford are a really good side and not many teams will go there and get three points this season.
“I think that’s two wins on the bounce for them now so you can see that they’re building momentum and climbing up the table.
“We’ve been very good on our travels so far but I think this’ll be our toughest away game yet. Ballybofey isn’t an easy place for opposition sides to play football at and we’ll need to start strong tomorrow.”
Drogheda have no suspensions though both Luke Gallagher and Lloyd Buckley are doubtful through injury.