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Date: 7:45 p.m. May 3, 2019
Venue: United Park
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Scored: 44'
- Aaron Dobbs 44'



League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Longford Town

Fri, May 03 2019

Mark Doyle celebrates his winning goal against Wexford in March. Credit: Larry McQuillan

DROGHEDA UNITED

Fourth-placed Drogheda United host top of the table Longford Town at United Park on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm).

Drogheda head into this game with three wins, against Wexford, Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers, and a draw against Shelbourne in their last five games.

Tim Clancy’s side beat Cobh 4-1 in St. Colman’s Park last week thanks to a brace from Mark Doyle and goals from Stephen Meaney and Luke McNally.

That result saw the Boynesiders move up to fourth in the league, ahead of Bray Wanderers, who had beat Drogheda 3-0 the week previous thanks to a Dylan McGlade hat-trick at the Carlisle Grounds.

Drogheda remain without long term injury absentee Adam Wixted while Thomas Byrne and goalkeeper Paul Skinner are both doubtful as they continue their recoveries from injury.

LONGFORD TOWN

Neale Fenn will be hoping for a repeat of the scoreline from when these two sides met in March at the City Calling Stadium.

On that occasion, Fenn’s Longford side took all three points with a 3-0 win thanks to second-half goals from Dean Byrne, Aaron Dobbs and Peter Hopkins.

That was the second game of the season and gave Longford their first win of the season after playing out a scoreless draw with Limerick the previous week.

Since then, Longford have won a further five and drawn two more games to sit top of the league, unbeaten and with a game in hand.

Longford have no injury or suspension worries leaving Neale Fenn with a full squad to choose from.

Referee: Michael Connolly

MATCH STATS

Drogheda are the top scorers in the First Division so far this season, having found the net 18 times in 10 games.

Longford have the best defence in the league, conceding just two goals in nine games. Bray and Limerick have the next best defensive records, conceding eight in 10.

Longford took all three points with a 3-0 win when these sides played in March thanks to goals from Dean Byrne, Aaron Dobbs and Peter Hopkins.

BETTING

Drogheda United 7/5; Draw 11/5; Longford Town 8/5.

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 1-1 Longford Town

Drogheda United

Injured: Adam Wixted.

Doubtful: Thomas Byrne, Paul Skinner.

Suspended: None.

Longford Town

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Drogheda United
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Luke McNally
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
Luke Gallagher
Defender
James Brown
Defender
Jake Hyland
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
Luke Heeney
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Midfielder
Stephen Meaney
Midfielder
Chris Lyons
Forward
Mark Doyle
30Booked: 30'
Forward

Substitutes
Cian Kavanagh
Midfield
Daniel Grace
Goalkeeper
Kevin Farragher
Defender
James Clarke
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Midfield
Sean Brennan
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Midfield
Janabi Amour
Unknown
Jordan Adeyemo
Forward
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Anto Breslin
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
71Booked: 71'
Conor Kenna
Defender
Kevin Knight
Defender
29Booked: 29'
Michael McDonnell
Defender
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Peter Hopkins
Midfielder 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Dean Byrne
Forward 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Aaron Dobbs
Forward
44Scored: 44'
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'

Substitutes
Sean Brennan
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Karl Chambers
Forward
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Joseph Manley
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Paul O'Conor
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfield
Sam Verdon
Forward
66Subbed On: 66'
66'


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