By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to cause a Cup upset when they host Shamrock Rovers in the first round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup tomorrow evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs will put their promotion push to one side for the evening as they sit fourth in the First Division with four games left to play.
Drogheda came from two goals down to rescue a vital point against Galway United last Friday with manager Tim Clancy delighted with his side’s second-half response.
“I think the first-half performance is probably as poor as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” the Trim native admitted Thursday afternoon. “We weren’t ourselves and credit to Galway, they took full advantage.
“When we got the lads in at half-time, we made a few adjustments but above all else we told them to get closer to the Galway players. It was too easy for them in the first-half.
“I was delighted for both Mark Doyle and Sean Brennan to get on the score sheet and I think it might prove to be a massive point in six weeks time.”
Shamrock Rovers have been in excellent form of late having lost just once in their last 11 league outings though the Tallaght side are experiencing a lengthy drought in the FAI Cup.
The record FAI Cup holders last lifted the trophy back in 1986/7 and Clancy is expecting the Rovers side to be on top of their game Friday night.
“I’m sure the Rovers players will be reminded by their fans this week how long it’s been since they won the Cup.
“They seem to have hit their stride recently in the league and it’s a great challenge for us to test ourselves against one of the best sides in the country.
“I don’t think many people are predicting us to advance but we’ll leave everything we have out on the pitch.”
Drogheda will be without the suspended Sean Brennan.