First
Date: 3 p.m. March 11, 2018
Venue: United Park
Att: 374
TV:

Jake Hyland 9' -
Scored: 9'


Martin Walshe 43' -
OG: 43'


Mark Doyle 48' -
Scored: 48'


Mark Doyle 56' -
Scored: 56'


Colm Deasy 56' -
Scored: 56'


Ciaran Kelly 90' + 1' -
Scored: 90'




League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Athlone Town

Sun, Mar 11 2018

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United are set to finally get their 2018 First Division season underway on Sunday afternoon as they face Athlone Town at United Park.

Floodlight issues and the recent bad weather saw Drogheda’s first two league games, against Finn Harps and Shelbourne, along with their EA Sports Cup tie vs St. Mochta’s, postponed.

Drogheda now face six games in twenty days and after the delayed start, manager Tim Clancy is hopeful his side can start on a positive note.

“It’s been a long wait, some things have been out of our control so we just have to accept the delay and not use it as any kind of an excuse,” Clancy told the club’s official website.

“We’ve had a really good pre-season and I can see that the players are already starting to link-up well together in training.”

“We’ve played four Premier Division sides and had some good results to go along with positive performances so hopefully Sunday will follow in that vein,” Clancy said.

Athlone lost 4-1 to Galway United on the opening night of the season but Clancy, who has a full squad to choose from, is expecting a tough test against Athlone.

“They obviously had a rough time of it against Galway but I’m sure they won’t be the last side to get a drubbing there.”

“No side wants to start the season with back-to-back defeats so I’m expecting a real battle tomorrow,” Clancy said.

“Even from the first couple rounds of results, you can see how competitive the First Division is going to be. United Park isn’t an easy place to go to, I don’t think opposition players enjoy playing here and we need to take full advantage of that.”

 

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town head to Drogheda on Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from their defeat to Galway on the opening day of the season.

Athlone lost 4-1 as Danny Furlong scored a hattrick for the Tribesman. Ronan Manning scored Galway's other goal while Felix Bape Perez netted a 93rd minute consolation for Athlone.

This new look Athlone side features a number of players with Drogheda links. Brian Cabraley was with Drogheda United's U19 side last season while both Ollie Hamzat and Darren Kavanagh are also former Drogheda underage players.

Hamzat played for Cabinteely in the First Division last season while Kavanagh played for LSL side Drogheda Town.

The last time Athlone began a season with back to back defeats was the 2014 Premier Division season, where they went thirteen games without a win before picking up two in three games, including a 6-0 victory over Drogheda.

Team news for Athlone is unknown but manager Aaron Callaghan has no suspension worries.

Referee: Damien MacGraith

 

MATCH STATS

These sides last met in the First Division in 2016.

There were four meetings between the sides that year, the first at United Park ended in a 2-2 draw while Drogheda won the other three.

The last five meetings between the sides have been close contests, ending in a draw or with one side winning by a single goal. You have to go to the Premier Division meeting in June 2014 to see a difference - Athlone won 6-0 on that occasion.

 

BETTING

Drogheda United 1/12; Draw 13/2; Athlone Town 17/1.

 

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 2-0 Athlone Town

 

Drogheda United

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unknown.

Doubtful: Unknown.

Suspended: None.

 



Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Colm Deasy
56Scored: 56'
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Defender
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
Ciaran Kelly
90Scored: 90'
Defender
Sean Brennan
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Midfielder
Luke Gallagher
Midfielder
Jake Hyland
9Scored: 9'
Midfielder
Mark Doyle
48Scored: 48'
56Scored: 56'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Forward
Lee Duffy
Forward
Chris Lyons
Forward

Substitutes
Lloyd Buckley
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Defender
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Gareth McCaffrey
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Forward
Stephen Meaney
Forward
Richie Purdy
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Midfield
Luke Rossiter
Midfield
Athlone Town
Nathan Murphy
Goalkeeper
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Craig Shortt
Defender
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
Rory McCullough
Midfielder
Jake O'Connor
Midfielder
Shane Stokes
Midfielder 10'
10Subbed Off: 10'
Josh Hogan
Forward
53Booked: 53'
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Martin Walshe
Forward
28Booked: 28'
43OG: 43'
49'
49Subbed Off: 49'

Substitutes
Felix Bape
Midfield
Ryan Gaffey
Forward
49Subbed On: 49'
49'
80Booked: 80'
Steven Grogan
Midfield
Darren Kavanagh
Unknown
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Toyeeb Mustapha
Midfield
10Subbed On: 10'
10'
Shaun O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Aaron Williams
Forward


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