By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be aiming for local bragging rights when they host Dundalk in the Louth Derby on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm at United Park.
The Boynesiders were on a run of three successive draws before the mid-season break as they sit one point above the relegation zone.
Despite creating a number of goalscoring chances at Dalymount Park, Drogheda drew a blank away to Bohemians with manager Pete Mahon ruing his side’s luck in front of goal.
“It’s been the story of our season,” Mahon acknowledged Wednesday evening. “We haven’t scored enough goals even though we’ve had no problems creating chances.
“It’s been particularly prevalent in the last three games where we should’ve won at least one of them. It’s good to see we’ve strengthened at the back but we need to add goals.”
Drogheda lost the corresponding fixture between the sides back in March as they were beaten 3-1 at Oriel Park in the midst of a five-match losing run.
It’s been three years since the Drogs last enjoyed a Derby victory though Mahon is confident that his side is capable of upsetting the odds on Friday.
“Dundalk are still a quality side and I think they’re being written off too early in the media. They had to make several changes in personnel this season and those players are just taking time to settle.
“I thought the 3-0 score line flattered Cork a little before the break. There’s no doubt that Cork are the best team in the league but I don’t think the gap between the sides is as big as the league table suggests.
“I’m really looking forward to the game. We’ll have the fans behind us and the Derby atmosphere is always electric.
“I think it’s important if we could get the first goal as it’ll give us that belief to kick on that we’ve been lacking the last few weeks.”
Drogheda will be without the injured trio of Kevin Farragher, Lloyd Buckley and Gavin Brennan though Richie Purdy and Killian Brennan will be available once again.