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by Robert O'Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to return to winning ways as they make the long trip to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City on Good Friday, kick-off 7.45pm.
United tasted their first defeat of the season as Bray Wanderers left United Park with a 2-0 victory leaving the Boynesiders in fourth place in the table.
Michéal Schlingermann remains Drogheda’s only absentee for the journey south. The goalkeeper is still a couple of weeks away from a return to action while Paul Crowley will be on the bench as he continues to build match fitness.
Drogheda’s reversal last Friday means that Cork are the only unbeaten side in the league as they second behind leaders Dundalk.
The Leesiders have a depleted squad ahead of the busy Easter period with Danny Morrissey, Michael Rafter, Colin Healy, Darren Dennehy and Anthony Elding all unavailable for Friday’s encounter.
Cork had the Indian sign over Drogheda last campaign, recording two wins and a draw while also finishing a couple of places higher in the league. United did have some revenge though, as they eliminated City in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup on their path to the final.
Speaking ahead of the game, Drogheda manager Robbie Horgan expressed the desire of his side to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result.
“We won’t make excuses but I think fatigue played a part in last Friday’s defeat to Bray. We were missing that extra energy in midfield. The Sligo game on the Monday before was a real battle and took a lot out of us. I don’t want to take anything away from Bray, they were excellent on the night and it was a case of who scored first was always going to win. The players were very disappointed last week but we are fresh and hungry for the trip to Cork tomorrow.
“We have three games in seven days so there may be a couple of changes from game to game. I don’t intend on making wholesale changes, as we have been fantastic so far this season but some new impetus in the side will give us all a lift.
“John Caulfield and I did the Pro license together so we know each other well from that and our playing days. Cork have had great crowds this year so we will be aiming to silence the fans early on. Their impressive start doesn’t surprise me with the talent that they have in their squad but unbeaten runs are made to be broken as we found out last week.”
Liam Kearney (Darren Murphy 80’)
Garry Buckley (Rob Lehane 89’)
Mick Daly (Daire Doyle 85’)
Stephen Maher (Eric Foley 85’)
Gary O’Neill (Philly Hughes 85’)
Liam Kearney 57’
Garry Buckley 76’
Billy Dennehy 82’
Carl Walshe 63’
Dave Ryan (yellow) 33’
Gavin Brennan (yellow) 67’
Paul Andrews (yellow) 81’