By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will finally get their season underway tomorrow afternoon when they host Athlone Town at United Park, kick-off 3pm.
A combination of floodlight repairs and bad weather have seen the Drogs’ last three games postponed, delaying the start of their campaign by more than two weeks.
With a congested fixture list now on the horizon, Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy is eager to finally get the season underway.
“It’s been a long wait,” the 33-year-old explained Saturday evening. “Some things have been out of our control so we just have to accept the delay and not use it as any kind of an excuse.
“We’ve had a really good pre-season and I can see that the players are already starting to link-up well together in training.
“We’ve played four Premier Division sides and had some good results to go along with positive performances so hopefully Sunday will follow in that vein.”
Drogheda will face an Athlone side that lost 4-1 to Galway United on opening night and Clancy is expecting to see a reaction from Aaron Callaghan’s side.
“They obviously had a rough time of it against Galway but I’m sure they won’t be the last side to get a drubbing there.
“No side wants to start the season with back-to-back defeats so I’m expecting a real battle tomorrow.
“Even from the first couple rounds of results, you can see how competitive the First Division is going to be. United Park isn’t an easy place to go to, I don’t think opposition players enjoy playing here and we need to take full advantage of that.”
Clancy will have a full squad to choose from with no suspensions or injury concerns.