IRE Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 2, 2017
Venue: Dalymount Park
Ref: Lee Evans
Att: 1,559



League Preview: Bohemians -v- Drogheda United

Thu, Jun 01 2017

Credit: Tom Beary

BOHEMIANS

Bohemians will be looking to move further clear of the drop zone as they host Drogheda United at Dalymount Park on Friday.

 

Bohs’ came out on top when these side met at United Park in March thanks to a late Dan Byrne header.

 

The Gypsies now come into this game with two wins in their last three games, both 2-1 victories, away to Bray and Galway respectively. They have however lost four of their last five home games.

 

Keith Long’s side currently sit seventh in the league, four points clear of the bottom three and the Bohs’ manager is hoping his side make home advantage pay against Drogheda.

 

"We have lost too many games at Dalymount despite the fact that our attendances have been very good and our supporters have been right behind us in every game,” Long told the Bohemians website.

 

“We've let ourselves down to an extent at home so far this campaign. We need to start grinding out results and make home advantage pay.”

 

Bohemians remain without the injured Eoin Wearen and Ismahil Akinade while Paddy Kavanagh is doubtful due to a rib injury.

 

 

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United head to Dalymount Park on Friday knowing that a win would see them enter the mid-season break above the relegation zone.

 

The Boynesiders’ were on the receiving end of a 5-0 hammering by Cork City two weeks ago but last week recorded back to back scoreless draws against two sides in the top four, Bray and Derry.

 

The Drogs, in fact, came away disappointed with just a point against Derry after they were left to rue a number of missed chances to win the game.

 

"It’s obviously an important game given that we’re heading into the break and where both clubs are in the table," manager Pete Mahon told www.droghedaunited.ie.

 

"The last thing you want is a negative result going into the break and leaving everything on a downer."

 

Drogheda will be without the injured pair of Richie Purdy and Lloyd Buckley while Sean Thornton is suspended.

 

Goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness is awaiting medical clearance after he was stretchered off against Derry City last week. The Boynesiders are also awaiting international clearance for new signing Ryan Masterson.

 

Referee: Lee Evans (Welsh FA).

 

 

MATCH STATS

Bohemians have won six of their sixteen league games so far this season. However, just two of those have come at Dalymount Park, against Bray Wanderers and Finn Harps.

 

These sides are two of the three lowest scoring teams in the league. Drogheda have scored the fewest of any side (13) while Bohemians are third lowest (15) after sixteen games.

 

Only Finn Harps (32) and Sligo (29) have conceded more goals than Bohemians (27) and Drogheda (28) so far this season.

 

 

BETTING

Bohemians 1/1; Draw 23/10; Drogheda United 11/4.

 

PREDICTION

Bohemians 1-1 Drogheda United

 

 

Bohemians

Injured: Eoin Wearen (cruciate), Ismahil Akinade (recovering from surgery).

Doubtful: Paddy Kavanagh (ribs).

Suspended: None.

 

Drogheda United

Injured: Richie Purdy, Lloyd Buckley.

Doubtful: Ryan Masterson (awaiting international clearance), Stephen McGuinness.

Suspended: Sean Thornton.



Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Daniel Byrne
Defender
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Defender
Derek Pender
Defender
Oscar Brennan
Midfielder
Ian Morris
Midfielder
George Poynton
Midfielder
Fuad Sule
Midfielder
Keith Ward
Midfielder
Dinny Corcoran
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Casey
Midfield
Jamie Doyle
Midfield
Philip Gannon
Midfield
Dylan Hayes
Defender
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Greg Murray
Goalkeeper
Kaleem Simon
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Drogheda United
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Colm Deasy
Defender
Stephen Dunne
Defender
Luke Gallagher
Defender
CiarĂ¡n McGuigan
Defender
Gavin Brennan
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Jake Hyland
Midfielder
Ryan McEvoy
Midfielder
Adam Wixted
Midfielder
Marc Griffin
Forward

Substitutes
Thomas Byrne
Forward
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Mark Doyle
Forward
Stephen Elliott
Forward
Jamie Hollywood
Midfield
Conor Kane
Defender
Ryan Masterson
Forward


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