By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will go in search of their first win in four games when they face league leaders Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Friday night, kick-off 7.45pm.
Following successive home draws to Sligo Rovers and Galway United, Drogheda suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to fellow bottom-half side St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday.
A slow start saw the Drogs fall behind after only seven minutes and Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon was left lamenting his side’s lapse in concentration.
“It was the Limerick game all over again,” Mahon admitted Wednesday evening. “We never got going and switched off from a free-kick inside the first ten minutes. You just can’t be giving teams a head start at this level.
“Even after the goal, we never looked like scoring. It was an important game and our performance simply wasn’t good enough. We’ll need to improve drastically if we’re to get something away to Cork.”
Cork ran out 4-1 winners at United Park earlier this season and with their twelve-match winning run coming to an end last week, Mahon is hopeful that his side can cause an upset.
“No one is giving us a prayer but we believe in ourselves. Cork dropped points for the first time last week so maybe they’re at the start of a mini blip.
“We won’t be going there with a defensive mindset, that will only play into Cork’s hands. I feel we should have more points on the board this season than we do at the moment so we need to make up the ground somewhere.
“The big thing for me is that we put in a much better performance than last week. We need to start well, give nothing away and take the game from there.”
Mahon also confirmed that Gareth McCaffrey left the club by mutual consent during the week and he wishes the forward well in the future.
“Gareth was a very important player for us last season in getting promoted to the Premier Division and scored some key goals. On behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best.”
Drogheda will be without Thomas Byrne (dead leg) and Colm Deasy (knee) on Friday but they will welcome back Gavin Brennan from suspension and Stephen Elliott from injury.