Match Preview – Finn Harps

Drogheda United travel to Ballybofey to face Finn Harps as fourth face fifth in the Premier Division on Friday evening.

Tim Clancy’s side come into this game having beat St. Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 at Head in the Game Park last Friday.

A superb free kick from Dane Massey, and a stunning strike from Mark Doyle gave Drogheda a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Substitute Nahum Melvin-Lambert halved the deficit for the Saints on 82 minutes before Jordan Adeyemo sealed the three points with his first goal of the season with two minutes to play.

“Big character shown by the lads. 2-0 up. If you concede at two up, and it goes to 2-1, it can get very edgy.

“Pats had ten minutes left but we showed good character to go on and get a third goal which, with the near misses we’ve had so far this season, it’s good to get over that hoodoo aswell,” Tim Clancy said.

When Drogheda faced Finn Harps at Head in the Game Park in April, Karl O’Sullivan’s volley from the edge of the box gave Harps the lead before Mark Doyle equalised from close range six minutes later as the sides shared the points.

“Very difficult game, and Harps have had a really good start to the season, same as ourselves. They’ll be looking at this game for points. Another good result last week against Dundalk, first half they were excellent and then second half they showed grit and determination which they have loads of.

“We know it’s going to be very difficult, but we’ll prepare the best we can, and go up there tomorrow night and hopefully put in another good performance and come away with something positive,” Clancy said,

In team news, Gary Deegan is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards this season. Mark Hughes, Dinny Corcoran and Hugh Douglas continue to recover from injuries while Jake Hyland and Brandon Bermingham are also doubtful.

Injured: Mark Hughes, Dinny Corcoran.

Doubtful: Hugh Douglas, Jake Hyland, Brandon Bermingham.

Suspended: Gary Deegan.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

Coverage – Kick-off 7:45pm

The game is available to watch live on WatchLOI, with a match pass available to purchase for €5.

WatchLOI: https://www.watchloi.ie/fixture/SL21-5-R12D 

LMFM’s David Sheehan will also have live commentary from Ballybofey.

LMFM: https://www.lmfm.ie/on-air/special-broadcasts/droghedalive1/ 

We will also, as always, have updates across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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