By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will host relegation-threatened Sligo Rovers on the final night of the Premier Division season tomorrow, kick-off 7.45pm at United Park.
The Drogs, who were relegated themselves last month, ended a run of 21 league games without a win on Monday as they won 3-2 away to Finn Harps.
Despite falling a goal behind inside the opening minute, the Boynesiders rallied second-half with goals from Chris Mulhall, Thomas Byrne and Stephen Meaney securing victory much to the delight of manager Pete Mahon.
“It was very important for us to get that monkey off our back,” Mahon explained Wednesday evening. “We made it difficult for ourselves once again by conceding so early but we stayed in the game and all the credit must go to the players.
“It was an awful pitch to play on but we showed character in coming from behind and scoring three goals for the first time this season.
“I was delighted for the players and the fans who made the long journey on a Monday evening. I’ve seen a lot of other clubs get credit for bringing young players through but we had seven teenagers involved during the week and that bodes well for next season.”
Sligo are one of three teams that could be relegated on the final night of the season though they know that a point at United Park will be enough regardless of how Galway United fare at home to Dundalk.
Given the importance of the fixture to the Bit O’Red, Mahon has called on his players to match the intensity of their opponents and end the campaign with back-to-back wins.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to end the season on somewhat of a high. We’ve played quite well in the two games with Sligo so far this season and probably should’ve beaten them at United Park back in May.
“Obviously depending on other results, Sligo may not even need a result but we won’t be looking to do them any favours.”
Drogheda will be without the injured trio of Richie Purdy, Jake Hyland and Ryan Masterson.
Colm Deasy will return to the squad having served a one-match ban.