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Date: 7:45 p.m. July 26, 2019
Venue: United Park
Ref:
Att: 952
TV:

Red: 90'
- Jack Hudson 90' + 3'



League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Cabinteely

Fri, Jul 26 2019

Kevin Knight in action for Cabinteely against Drogheda United Credit: Martin Doherty

DROGHEDA UNITED

Continuing their relentless chase of table toppers Shelbourne, Drogheda United host fellow promotion contenders Cabinteely at United Park this evening (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Boynesiders comfortably saw off Limerick at the Markets Field last time out by an unexpected four-one scoreline with new signing Jamie Hollywood scoring on his return to the club.

Also, on the scoresheet was under-19 star Ryan O’Shea, who manager Tim Clancy singled out for praise when speaking to his club’s media team ahead of the visit of the Green and Whites.  

“Ryan O’Shea coming on again. He’s been training with us since he finished his leaving cert and he’s done well. That’s exactly what we want to do here, to get young lads to improve and kick on and play first team football.

“Ryan’s been fantastic in training for us since he’s come in and trained full time for us. He came on against Longford and did well and done very well again when he played against Limerick. 

“That’s what we’re at. We are going to try and bring players through. It’s an important stage of the season but we’re not afraid to use the younger lads,” Clancy added.

However, while he is pleased with his young players stepping up to the plate, the former Shamrock Rovers defender noted the visit of Cabinteely will be a stern test for his side.

“It’s going to be a tough game; Cabo are very competitive. What Pat Devlin and Eddie have done there has been remarkable this season, punching well above their weight as well.

“They are a very good team who work hard for each other and if we allow them to get a foothold in the game it will be very difficult for us.

“We were 0-0 here last time (at United Park), they ended up beating us 4-1 in the second half when we gave away two penalties, scored an own goal and a sloppy goal from a free kick down the line.

“We know that we can’t make mistakes and can’t take our foot off the gas and are expecting a very tough game.

“I think the scoreline out there when we beat them 5-0 masks it. It’s quite difficult. Hopefully if we can get our foot in the game early doors then we can kick on and hopefully get the three points.”

In terms of team news, the trio of Adam Wixted, James Brown and Mark Hughes will all sit out the visit of Pat Devlin’s charges.

CABINTEELY

After picking up four points from what looked to be a difficult run of games on paper, Cabinteely know that a win at United Park will set up the final few weeks of their season very nicely.

Having won on their last two visits to Boyneside in both the league and EA Sports Cup, Cabo go to the Co. Louth venue hoping for another priceless three points.

However, their last clash against Tim Clancy’s side saw Cabo fall to their heaviest defeat of the season – a five-nil home defeat.

Speaking ahead of the game to his club’s media team, Devlin was vigilant of how dangerous the game can be for his young side.

“It’s going to be a very tough game. We beat them 4-1 away this season. They beat us 5-0 at home. It could go either way.

“Obviously, it comes down to a little bit of luck on the night. Hopefully we are the team that has the bit of luck.”

The former Bray Wanderers boss added; “Every game we have left is going to a Cup Final. We must treat them as that.

“They are all good teams. We must make our own luck. We have to work hard; and I think we will.”

Cabinteely have a hefty absentee list to contend with as Jack Watson and Eoin Massey will be forced to sit of the action due to suspension. Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters remains side-lined with a foot injury.  

Referee: Alan Carey.

 

MATCH STATS

There have been nine goals scored in the two league games between the sides so far this season, with Cabinteely winning 4-1 away from home as the Drogs exacted revenge months later thanks to a stunning 5-0 win at Stradbrook.

Pat Devlin’s side have only ever won once at United Park in the league since joining the League of Ireland in 2015. The win came in March 2019.

Tim Clancy’s side are the highest scorers in the 2019 First Division, with 46 goals to their name after 21 league games.

BETTING

Drogheda United 4/7; Draw 11/4; Cabinteely 7/2.

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 3 - 2 Cabinteely.  

 

Drogheda United

Injured: James Brown, Adam Wixted, Mark Hughes.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Cabinteely

Injured: Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Eoin Massey, Jack Watson.



Drogheda United
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Luke McNally
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
Jake Hyland
Defender
Luke Heeney
Defender
Cian Kavanagh
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfielder
Jamie Hollywood
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
Midfielder
Stephen Meaney
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Forward
Chris Lyons
Forward
Mark Doyle
Forward

Substitutes
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Ryan O'Shea
Defender
Eoin McPhillips
Midfield
Kevin Farragher
Defender
James Clarke
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Jordan Adeyemo
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Forward
Cabinteely
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Jack Tuite
Defender
76Booked: 76'
Kevin Knight
Defender
Jack Hudson
Defender
59Booked: 59'
90Booked: 90'
90Sent off: 90'
Daniel Blackbyrne
Defender
Paul Fox
Midfielder
Keith Dalton
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Alex Aspil
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Rob Manley
Forward
Luke Clucas
Forward
Shane Barnes
Forward

Substitutes
Yuta Sasaki
Forward
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Peter Quinlan
Goalkeeper
Zak O'Neill
Forward
Christian Lotefa
Midfield
Vilius Labutis
Midfield
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Conor Keeley
Defender
Jonny Carlin
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