By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to upset the odds once again when they host Waterford in the second round of the FAI Cup on Friday at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs, fresh off their victory over Shamrock Rovers, were back in league action last Friday as they secured a dramatic point away to Cabinteely.
A 95th minute equaliser from Ciaran Kelly rescued a point for the Drogs who had been 2-0 down with manager Tim Clancy frustrated with their slack start.
“We have to stop giving teams the lead so early on,” the Trim native admitted Thursday afternoon. “That’s two games in a row where we’ve had to come from two goals down to get a result.
“On the other hand, you have to give credit to the lads for their fighting spirit. They don’t know when they’re beaten and it was a really big moment for us to get that equaliser deep into stoppage time.”
Drogheda caused the shock of the first round when they knocked out record 24-times Cup winners Shamrock Rovers courtesy of Chris Lyons’ penalty following Lee Grace’s red card.
After being paired with another top-half Premier Division side, Clancy is anticipating a keenly fought encounter with Alan Reynolds’ side.
“I don’t think anyone is going to underestimate us after the last round.
“Waterford would have to be one of the favourites for the Cup after Cork and Dundalk, so it’s another really difficult game for us.
“There might be some pressure on us in the league but I think Friday night gives us the opportunity to put that to one side and challenge ourselves against a top Premier Division team.
“If we match our performance level from the Rovers game, we’ll be in with a shout of making it through.”
Drogheda have no Injuries or suspensions.