By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will face UCD in a top of the table clash in the First Division on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm at the Belfield Bowl.
The Drogs go into the game in fine form having taken 13 points from the last 15 available, including Monday’s 1-1 draw with Shelbourne at Tolka Park.
Dayle Rooney had threatened to hand the Boynesiders a first defeat since their reversal to Finn Harps a couple of months ago but Sean Brennan’s 90th minute penalty earned Drogheda a richly deserved point according to manager Tim Clancy.
“It was a really tough game for us,” the Trim native acknowledged Thursday afternoon. “Shels don’t make anything easy for you but I felt we gave as good as we got in the first-half and probably should’ve been a goal up at the break.
“It’s another sign of the belief in this team that we kept playing until the very end and got the least that we deserved.”
Drogheda sit a point behind the Students midway through the league season and having beaten them 2-0 at United Park in March, Clancy is confident his side won’t be overawed on Friday.
“UCD are top for a reason, they’ve been the best team in the First Division up to this point.
“There wasn’t much between us when we played at United Park and I think Paul Skinner made a couple of big saves for us and we were the more clinical side on the evening.
“It is a challenging run of games for us but you’re going to get periods like this throughout the season.
“We want to be right in the mix come the end of the season and the way to do that is to get results at difficult places and hopefully we can do that Friday.”
Stephen Meaney misses out again for Drogheda who have no other injury or suspension concerns.