Drogs face Hoops without duo

Drogheda United host Shamrock Rovers in this evening's eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

Drogheda United host Shamrock Rovers in this evening's eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

With United keeper Dan Connor still out long-term with a hip injury and Jamie Ewings suspended, Finnish goalkeeper Mikko Vilmunen is expected to start, with new signing Paul Skinner on the bench.

Richie Baker and Shane Barrett are both injured, while Brian Shelley and Shane Robinson are both doubts.

Graham Gartland joins Ewings in the stand, suspended following his sending-off versus Bohemians last week.

Manager Paul Doolin said: "Rovers are a good side, in some good form and they've signed a couple of decent players. But we need to expect to win at home, no matter who we're playing, and Friday will be no different."

For Rovers, there are slight doubts about captain Aidan Price (ankle) and Darragh Maguire (thigh), while cup-tied Joseph Ndo and Mark Leech come back into contention after missing last week’s FAI Cup game against Cork City.

Boss Pat Scully said: "Aidan and Darragh should be okay, otherwise we’re fine.

"And there’s even good news about John Martin – he’s back running now as he continues to recover from his hip operation.

"This year I feel we’ve gone out and really played against teams such as St Pat’s, Cork, Bohs and Drogheda. We’ve got the ball down well and passed it around in games that have been very tight.

“I’ve been very pleased with our performances this season and I’ll be looking for us to finish as strongly as possible. If we maintain our standards we can do well up in United Park."

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