Match Preview: Drogheda United vs Shamrock Rovers II – Stephen Meaney

Drogheda United return to United Park this evening, facing Shamrock Rovers II after an impressive 3-1 win away to UCD AFC on Friday evening.

The previous meeting between these sides was an eventful one, with four goals, including a goal of the season contender from Brandon Bermingham and a red card for Mark Hughes.

Rovers II took a 2-0 lead through headers from Liam Scales and Sean Callan before Hughes red saw Drogheda reduced to ten. Mark Doyle’s strike minutes later gave Drogheda a lifeline before late on, Brandon Bermingham’s stunning strike gave Drogheda a share of the points.

Drogheda come into this game with two wins and a draw from the last three games against UCD, Longford and Cabinteely, a run of form Stephen Meaney says is important to keep going.

“I think it’s extremely important to maintain the good performances. Especially as there’s only six games left but we will just keep putting the hard work in on the training ground and keep focusing on the game infront of us which is Rovers B on Tuesday night,” Meaney explained. 

Tonight sees fans return to United Park for the first time since March, with 70 season ticket holders present in United Park for the game against Shamrock Rovers II.

“It will definitely give us players a huge boost. I think we’ve seen across the whole world at the moment that football without fans isn’t the same, so it will be nice to get a couple of familiar faces back into the stadium and hopefully put on a show for them.” 

The games are coming thick and fast, with Tim Clancy’s side having played UCD on Friday, Rovers II tonight and facing Bray on Friday night.

“Look, as a player all you want to do is play games so it’s good in that sense. On the other hand it can be tough on the body for some of us but we’ve a great strength coach Conor, and physio Dave, who help us a lot to recover the tired legs and get us ready to go again,” Meaney said.

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