By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to record back-to-back wins when they face Longford Town on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm at United Park.
The Drogs followed-up defeat in Cabinteely with a 2-0 win over UCD last Friday courtesy of goals from Gareth McCaffrey and Lee Duffy, a victory which sent them top of the table.
Progression in the EA Sports Cup on Monday capped a good week for Drogheda manager Tim Clancy who was delighted to give playing time to the rest of the squad.
“Obviously it’s great to get through to the next round but it’s a real bonus for us to get the rest of the squad out on the pitch,” Clancy explained Thursday morning. “The likes of Victor Ekanem and a lot of the younger players have had to be patient in terms of playing time so it’s a nice reward for them.
“I thought St Mochta’s played very well on the evening and made a real game of it despite going down to 10 men. We came away from the game with no injuries or suspensions so I’m delighted.”
Three more goals on Monday night takes Drogheda’s tally to 25 goals from seven games so far this season with Clancy full of praise for his side’s ability to create and take chances.
“We’re a side who likes to play attacking football and thankfully we’ve been clinical in front of goal up to this point. There will be a stage this season where the goals won’t be so easy to come by and that’s when we’ll need our defence to bail us out.”
Drogheda go into Friday’s game two points ahead of fourth placed Longford with Clancy full of admiration for the style of football that Neale Fenn’s side plays.
“I went to see Longford play Cabinteely last Saturday and they were very impressive. They dominated for large periods of the game, scored three goals but also kept Cabinteely’s threat on the break to a minimum.
“They play good football and like to keep it on the ground. I think they’re the second highest scorers in the league behind ourselves so it could be a high scoring game.
“We have a really good record at home this season and hopefully that’ll stand to us tomorrow night.”
Drogheda have a full squad to choose from with no suspensions or injury concerns.