Drogheda look to knock Dundalk off perch

High-flying Dundalk will be looking to maintain their impressive start to the season as they take on bitter rivals Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

High-flying Dundalk will be looking to maintain their impressive start to the season as they take on bitter rivals Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Despite their shock defeat to Bray on Monday night, Ian Foster’s side remain second in the table, just three points behind leaders St Pat’s.

Dundalk boss Ian Foster may have to plan without influential defender Liam Burns as he is struggling with a slight hip flexor strain.

JJ Melligan (calf & groin) also faces a race to be fit, while fellow midfielder Alan Cawley remains out as he is recovering from a fractured cheekbone.

Cawley, however, has returned training and is likely to return over the next couple of weeks once he gets the all-clear from his surgeon.

Drogheda have several doubts for the Louth derby, as Robbie Martin, Damien Brennan, Paul Crowley and Glen Fitzpatrick are all carrying injuries.

Brendan McGill has undergone treatment and may not be available, while Mick Daly is expected to have surgery on his hand and will be missing.

Midfielder Eric McGill returns to Alan Mathews’ squad after serving a suspension.

Mathews said: “We have played 10 games in 30 days which generally would be ok, but with such a small squad and few resources we are stretched to the limit.

“The local derby is always a good occasion, there should be a good crowd.

“We should have gotten all three points at Oriel earlier in the year but we didn’t. And in fairness to Dundalk they have pressed on and have been doing well.

“They have a lot of good players and will prove to be tough opposition.”

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