Trio absent for Drogheda's derby clash

Trio absent for Drogheda's derby clash

Drogheda United go head to head in the final Louth derby of the season against rivals Dundalk at Hunky Dorys Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

United will be without Jamie Harris, Brendan McGill and Paul Crowley, while Corrie Treacy returns to the squad.

Assistant manager Darius Kierans said: “There is no doubt that this is a massive game for both sides. In local derbies all form goes right out the window and we are certainly up for this.

“I felt against UCD we never really started but we played much better in the second half.

“Corrie Treacy coming back into the side gives us some more options and hopefully our good performances will eventually pay off.”

Dundalk remain without Garry Breen (illness) and Alan Cawley (back).

However, Daniel Kearns, who played an hour for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in Turkey on Tuesday, is available, as is Tom Miller, who has not incurred any additional suspension for his red card at Sporting Fingal last month.

Dundalk will be hoping to find a bit of form after a very bad run of results and defender Liam Burns is keen to quash any rumours of dressing-room unrest.

Burns said: “There has never been a split in the dressing room, far from it.

“The only difference is that personnel has changed. There has never been a split in the camp. Obviously, when you’re on this kind of run people are going to have their say and there’ll be disagreements but saying there is a split in the camp is very harsh and untrue.

“We’re all pulling in the same direction but unfortunately results aren’t going for us at the moment. The Bray performance was terribly disappointing. We knew it was a massive game and the result says it all.”

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