High-flying Drogheda United will be looking to get their Airtricity League title challenge back on track having lost for the first time in eight outings to leaders Sligo Rovers last week, getting on the wrong end of a 4-1 hiding.
There was instant and morale-restoring revenge for the Drogs against Sligo in the EA Sports Cup, however, but they will be expected to face a tough test tonight against an over-achieving Bohemians side at Hunky Dory’s Park.
Bohs have put together a five-game unbeaten run and trail fourth-placed St Patrick’s Athletic by just three points so a win in this game could put them right in contention for a European spot.
Says Drogheda manager Mick Cooke: “I was delighted with how the lads bounced back from Saturday night and now we will have to re-focus on another big game. Drogheda haven’t beaten Bohs in the league in quite some time, but records are there to be broken and I hope we can set that right.”
And Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan observes: “Drogheda seem to have a bit of momentum. They had a heavy defeat in their last league game but that was probably a one-off. You have to do your work on the opposition and where there are particular dangers. “We’ll go up looking to win but we have to be mindful of the fact that they are where they are because of their performances.”
In tonight’s other Premier Division games, Bray Wanderers and Dundalk will each look to end lengthy winless streaks when they meet at the Carlisle Grounds while, in a Dublin derby, struggling UCD travel to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne. That game has an 8pm kick-off.
Meanwhile, in the First Division there’s a western derby as Salthill Devon Galway play Mervue United at Eamonn Deacy Park, while Waterford United will be looking to maintain their fine form for the visit of Athlone Town to the RSC.
And all clubs with a design on the title will be keeping an eye on Ferrycarrig Park where Wexford Youths have the daunting task of hosting leaders Limerick, with an 8pm kick off.
Meanwhile, Cork City have signed winger Keith Quinn. The 23-year-old, who last played for Monaghan United before their withdrawal from the league, previously lined out for Waterford United and Sporting Fingal, following a spell in England with Sheffield United.
Said Quinn: “I have been over in England on trial so I have done a pre-season and have played a few games, so I’m fit and I’m very eager to get going now and start training with the lads.
“I have obviously played at Turner’s Cross in the past and the atmosphere was electric, so it is definitely a place that I am looking forward to playing.”
City manager Tommy Dunne said he was “delighted” to have added the player to the Cork ranks, adding: “We have been speaking to a couple of other players and I would hope there will be developments on that front over the next couple of days.”
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved