By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will have the top spot in the First Division in their sights when they face Shelbourne on Monday afternoon, kick-off 5pm at Tolka Park.
The Drogs made it four wins a row as they defeated a spirited Cabinteely 2-0 at United Park on Friday, leaving them just two points behind the Students.
Goals in either half from Chris Lyons and Mark Doyle sealed Drogheda’s ninth win of the campaign with manager Tim Clancy pleased with his side’s progress.
“It’s been some response from the boys since the Finn Harps defeat last month,” the 33-year-old explained Sunday evening. “Since then we’ve played four, won four and a kept clean sheet in each game.
“I wouldn’t say we were at our best on Friday but at the same time I don’t think Cabinteely threatened our goal much.
“Once we got the opener, Cabo came out and played a bit more and we probably would’ve liked to have gotten the second goal earlier than we did but it’s another good win.”
Drogheda can go top with a win on Monday but they’ll be aware of the challenge facing them having been held by Shels earlier in the season.
A late James English strike cancelled out Sean Brennan’s penalty and Clancy is anticipating another fixture that could be determined by fine margins.
“We’re probably the two most in-form teams in the division at the moment.
“They gave us a really tough game a few weeks back and deserved the point on the evening.
“We might be entering a run of tough games but there’s no way we’re looking beyond tomorrow and Shels.
“I think the onus will be on them to bring the game to us so we’ll have to be resilient and play our football when the opportunities arrive.”
Stephen Meaney is set to miss out for Drogheda through injury though Lee Duffy returns from suspension.