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by Robert O'Reilly
Drogheda United will hope to maintain their excellent cup form as they travel to the City Calling Stadium to take on Longford Town in the third round of the FAI Ford Cup, kick off 7.30 pm.
With the Ea Sports Cup final next month and having already tasted defeat in the Setanta Cup, United will be aiming to make it a hat trick of domestic cup final appearances in 2013 to atone for a disappointing league campaign.
As for the Town, they currently sit in second spot in the First Division, five points behind league leaders Athlone Town as Tony Cousins’ side chases promotion.
The two sides met earlier in the season in the Ea Sports Cup when Drogheda ran out comfortable winners as they trashed the First Division side 6-0 at Hunky Dorys Park.
Graham Rusk is the only absentee for United while Gary O’Neill should return to the squad having missed the last couple of weeks due to injury.
Former Drogheda defender Corie Tracey is a doubt for Longford who will be without the suspended Noel Haverty and the injured Keith Gillespie, Willie McDonagh and Willie Tyrell.
Up against a Longford team full of confidence, Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke has warned that his side will have to be fully focused on Saturday if they are to avoid a cup upset.
“There are no easy games in the cup and certainly Longford, coming off the back of that win on Saturday will want to beat us, we would be a good scalp for them as would any Premier Division team for a First Division side and as I have said, if we are not fully focused we could be in trouble.
“The lads are full of confidence, the win against Derry on Friday was a great result, it was a very much a deserved result. We put together a comprehensive performance and got what we deserved, but the lads are now focused on Saturday’s test. Longford are still well in contention for promotion, they still have to play Athlone and no doubt they will want to make the quarter-finals, just as much as we do.
“They have some real quality, Gary Shaw and David O’Sullivan are quality players and also they have signed Derek O’Brien, an excellent winger, so they have some good talent to their team and that’s what it takes for promotion. “
Des Hope (Chris Deans 66)
David O’Neill (Josh O’Hanlon 60)
Gary Shaw (Dean Ebbe 78)
Ryan Brennan (Eric Foley 90)
Declan O’Brien (Peter Hynes 78)
Brian McCarthy 17
Derek O’Brien 90+1
Paul O’Conor 55
Shane Grimes 56
Cathal Brady 73
Des Hope (yellow) 22
Alan Byrne (yellow) 45+1
Michael Daly (yellow) 51