By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will look to return to winning ways when they face Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs missed out on a chance to go top of the First Division last week as they lost 2-0 to leaders UCD.
Goals in either half from Georgie Kelly resulted in the Boynesiders’ third league defeat of the season with manager Tim Clancy having few complaints over the result.
“We were second best on the evening,” Clancy admitted Thursday afternoon. “You have to give UCD credit in that they played very well but we definitely helped them with some bad decisions both on and off the ball.
“It was a disappointing result as we could’ve gone top with a win. With that being said, we’re still in a really good position in the league and I’m confident we’ll show the right reaction tomorrow night.”
Drogheda sit five points ahead of fifth placed Longford as the First Division heads towards its mid-season break.
A stoppage time equaliser from Ciaran Kelly rescued a point for the Drogs when they hosted Longford earlier in the campaign and Clancy is expecting another tough encounter.
“Obviously they’ll be annoyed to have lost to Cabinteely last week but they were in great form beforehand, beating Galway and Finn Harps.
“I’ve had the chance to see a number of their home games this season and they’ve been very resilient.
“As far as we’re concerned, we want to respond from last week’s defeat. After the Finn Harps loss we won four on the bounce and putting another run like that together will be our aim.”
Drogheda have no suspensions or injury concerns.