By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be aiming to build on last week’s morale-boosting win when they face Limerick at the Markets Field on Saturday, kick-off 6.30pm.
The Drogs ended a six-match losing run last Friday as they recorded a dramatic stoppage time win over Shamrock Rovers at United Park.
Drogheda had taken the lead through Sean Thornton’s first-half penalty before a controversial spot-kick award for Rovers in the 89th minute saw Graham Burke level with Sean Brennan sent off for dissent.
There was to be one final twist though as a free-kick deep into stoppage time was headed goalwards by substitute Ryan McEvoy with the rebound bundled over his own line by Burke to seal a vital three points.
The result lifted Drogheda up two places in the league to eight and they are one point behind tomorrow’s opponents Limerick who registered a 2-0 win away to St Patrick’s Athletic last Friday.
Tomorrow’s meeting marks the first contest between last season’s top two in the First Division as Limerick were runaway winners while Drogheda achieved promotion via the play-off.
Limerick won two of the four meetings between the sides while the Blues netted stoppage time equalisers on the other two occasions to leave the Drogs frustrated.
Drogheda do have the honour of having won the inaugural game at the Markets Field in 2015 as they registered a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Lee Duffy and Michael Daly.
The Boynesiders are entering a crucial run of games as they travel to Finn Harps next week before hosting back-to-back games against fellow bottom-half sides Sligo Rovers and Galway United.
Killian Brennan misses out again for Drogheda through injury while Sean Brennan is suspended. Marc Griffin and Gavin Brennan are also injury doubts.