Full squad for Mathews

Drogheda United and Dundalk contest the final Louth derby of the season at United Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Drogheda United and Dundalk contest the final Louth derby of the season at United Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The home side go into the game with no injury concerns and Paul Shiels returns from suspension.

Drogheda boss Alan Mathews said: “Dundalk have a good squad with a lot of good players.

“This is the last Louth derby of the season and we would like to go out on a high.

“To be honest we haven’t done as well in these games as we should. We have been beaten twice and that’s not good enough so Friday is our last chance to put this right.

“No three points has been easy in this league, but we need to maximise our opportunities and build on results week in and week out.

“This is a massive game for the fans and we owe it to them to get something from this.”

Dundalk have doubts over Simon Kelly (groin strain) and Michael McGinlay (ankle injection), while Alex Williams and Michael McGowan, both on the score-sheet in last week’s 3-0 home win against Galway United, serve suspensions.

Manager Sean Connor said: “It’s a big loss. Alex is just back into scoring mode again and Michael McGowan is really beginning to find his feet.

“But thankfully, we’ve got Michael Daly and Mickey Collins coming back into the team, and we have Paul McAreavey available as well, and Darren Mansaram scoring again.

“They’ll be determined to try to get a victory over us this year, and, likewise, we’re determined to make sure that we continue our current run of success this season.”

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