Drogheda look to continue winning form

Drogheda United will look to maintain their unbeaten run when they host Shelbourne at Hunky Dorys Park this evening.

Drogheda United will look to maintain their unbeaten run when they host Shelbourne at Hunky Dorys Park this evening.

The Louthmen have not been beaten in six games since their opening day loss to Shamrock Rovers.

Shelbourne have not met United in a league fixture since 2006 but Alan Mathews’ side have already shown their quality with several impressive displays this term and picked up their first league win in four games with a 2-1 home win against Bray last Friday.

Drogheda’s Paul Crowley remains out while he recovers from an operation.

Ryan Brennan returns from suspension and Cathal Brady is fit again.

Shelbourne are without injured pair Lorcan Fitzgerald (dislocated shoulder) and Stephen Hurley (punctured lung), who suffered serious injuries in the EA Sports Cup win over Bray last week.

Drogheda United boss Mick Cooke said: "Shels are on a good run at the moment and certainly there is a lot of confidence about the club.

"They will also bring a big crowd down with them which should generate a good atmosphere. Alan Mathews has done a great job with them and with their promotion and good form they are a match for anyone on their day."

Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews knows that his charges have a challenging night ahead of them.

"It’s going to be another very difficult game," he said.

"Drogheda have had a great start to the season. They have some good players, have a good togetherness about them because they’ve made such a good start and we know it’s going to be difficult.

"We’re going to have to work very hard to make sure we get the three points."

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