Preview by Andrew Dempsey
After two consecutive away trips to Ballybofey and Cabinteely, Longford Town will be returning to home comforts for the first time in 14 days as Neale Fenn’s side welcome Tim Clancy’s Drogheda United to the City Calling Stadium in a colossal First Division clash on Friday evening. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
After last week’s disappointment at Stradbrook, Longford Town will be keen to get back to winning ways as the Red and Black look to catapult themselves back into the Playoff places before the mid-season break.
As for our opponents Drogheda, they will also be looking to bounce back with a big win after Tim Clancy’s side fell to a bitterly disappointing two nil defeat against top of the table UCD at the UCD Bowl last week. A brace from the in-form Georgie Kelly sealed the deal for the Students on that occasion.
Last time we met Drogheda United, Neale Fenn’s side played out an entertaining one-all draw as Ciaran Kelly popped up with a late, late strike to break Town hearts on Boyneside after Dean Byrne’s sumptuous thirty-yard strike looked to have sealed the deal for De Town at United Park.
After having our recent unbeaten run snapped by Cabinteely last week, Neale Fenn will surely be hoping that his side can bounce back from last week’s defeat, and with good measure too, as the last time his side fell to defeat away from home, they won the very next home game which was the 5-1 derby day demolition job win over Athlone Town at the City Calling Stadium.
In terms of team news for De Town, Evan Galvin and Darren Meenan must sit out this vital clash due to suspensions picked up in recent games while Alan Kehoe and Cian Byrne remain out with injuries.
In a game that promises to be a fantastic footballing spectacle, be sure to get out and support the Red and Black of Longford Town in our final game before the mid-season break at the City Calling Stadium.