First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 20, 2018
Venue: United Park
Att:
TV:

Luke Gallagher 15' -
Scored: 15'


Colm Deasy 25' -
Scored: 25'


Scored: 66'
- Baba Issaka 66'

Red: 90'
- Ciaran Grogan 90' + 1'



League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Athlone Town

Fri, Jul 20 2018

DROGHEDA UNITED

After defeating Shelbourne last weekend via a dramatic last gasp free-kick from Sean Brennan, Drogheda United will be hoping to make it two wins from two as they look to solidify their solid promotion hopes at United Park on Friday evening against Athlone Town. (Kick-off 7.45pm)

Following three defeats in four games, Drogheda were on the verge of a mid-season fall from grace before they rocked up to Tolka Park and stunned the Reds at the Drumcondra venue.

In a game of very few clear-cut chances, Drogheda delivered when it mattered most to seal all three points in the grand manner via a Sean Brennan late strike.

In truth, it was a deserving win for the Drogs who looed the far more threatening side at the Richmond Road venue. Colm Deasy and Conor Kane impressed throughout with their width and attacking prowess.

However, eyes are now firmly fixated on a new challenge for Drogheda when the host basement strugglers Athlone Town on Friday evening.

Speaking ahead of the game was Tim Clancy who is anticipating a tough challenge against Terry Butler’s side who can frustrate sides on their day for certain.

“You only have to go back to when we played Athlone a couple of months ago, it was a very close game right up until the end.” Clancy noted

“This game is just as important as the Shels one last week. We need to take the same attitude into tomorrow night and remain patient.

“Athlone are certainly capable of putting a performance in, they’ve taken points off Finn Harps this season, so if we underestimate them, we’ll pay for it.”

In terms of team news for the Drogs, they have no injury issues to contend with, however, Chris Lyons misses out via suspension.

 

ATHLONE TOWN

Facing another daunting task, Athlone Town must prepare themselves for a difficult trip away to Drogheda United as Terry Butler’s side look to find their first league win on the pitch of 2018.

Athlone’s only win so far this term came against Wexford FC when the side formerly managed by Damian Locke fielded an ineligible player at the Athlone Town Stadium. The result was overturned into a three-nil win for Terry Butler’s side.

Despite that, Athlone have now gone 440 days without a league win on the field. Their last win in a league game came against Cobh Ramblers following the match fixing controversy of last term.

In addition to this, the Blue and Black of the Midlands have only scored nine goals on the field so far this season in the First Division, with a goal difference of -56.

As usual, Athlone have not provided any team news for Friday evening’s game at United Park.

Referee: Derek Michael Tomney.

 

MATCH STATS

Drogheda have gone five consecutive games without a draw. Their last stalemate came against Shelbourne on June 4th when they rescued a late point at Tolka Park via a Sean Brennan spot-kick.

Athlone’s last win against Drogheda came four years ago in an unlikely 6-0 trashing of the Drogs while both were still in the Premier Division back in 2014.

Athlone have conceded seven goals already against the Drogs so far this season. That statistic results in exactly 3.5 goals per game for Tim Clancy’s side against the First Division’s crisis club.

 

BETTING

Drogheda United 1/16; Draw 8/1; Athlone Town 20/1.

 

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 4-0 Athlone Town

 

Drogheda United

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Chris Lyons.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unknown.

Doubtful: Unknown.

Suspended: Unknown.

Suspended: None.



Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Colm Deasy
25Scored: 25'
Defender
Jake Hyland
Midfielder
Luke Gallagher
15Scored: 15'
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
Midfielder
Gareth McCaffrey
50Booked: 50'
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward
Rob Manley
Forward
Mark Doyle
Forward

Substitutes
William Hondermarck
Midfield
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Victor Ekanem
Defender
Lee Duffy
Forward
Kealan Dillon
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Sean Cronin
Midfield
Lloyd Buckley
Defender
Athlone Town
Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
Robert O'Leary
Defender
Baba Issaka
Defender
66Scored: 66'
Ciaran Grogan
Defender
21Booked: 21'
90Booked: 90'
90Sent off: 90'
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Toyeeb Mustapha
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Nika Kalandarishvili
Midfielder
Josh Hogan
Midfielder
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
George Mukete
Forward
Rory McCullough
Forward 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'

Substitutes
Shane Stokes
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Ger Smyth
Midfield
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
Ollie Hamzat
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Michael Fogarty
Goalkeeper
Brian Cabraley
Unknown


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