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It’s a huge 6 pointer at the bottom as Drogheda United take on Galway United at Hunky Dory Park on Friday night.
Drogheda have lost their last four games their most recent defeat coming against Shamrock Rovers at home last weekend, however the defeat are put into context when you look at the quality of the opponents Mick Cooke’s side has faced.
The narrow 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Rovers preceded losses to Sligo, Derry and Bohemians. However that tricky run of fixtures aside the Louth side has won just two games this season and scored just 2 more goals then the Friday’s visitors.
Drogheda United manager Cooke while acknowledging the importance of the game refused to put any further pressure on his players coming into the game, saying: “We will be hoping to win, but it is not the be all and end all if we don’t win. Galway needs the points more than us and this will be their cup final. They will be coming here looking to win and we won’t underestimate them at all.”
Meanwhile Galway’s confidence, already low after a disastrous run of just one win in 23 league games slumped to a new level last weekend with the 8-0 defeat at home to Sligo. A leaky backline, 26 goals conceded in their last 6 games coupled with a goal shy strike force that has scored just 5 goals in their last 13 games give you an indication of the problems the Tribesmen have faced.
It’s been a difficult learning curve for Sean Connor’s young side, with luck and injuries playing a large part in the run of poor form. Despite all that a win for Galway would see them move to within 3 points of second bottom Drogheda although they would still be some 10 points adrift of 7th placed UCD.
The former Bohemians manager realises how important a win would be for his side, telling reporters: “It’s a massive game, we need to win the game to close the gap, if we don’t win, it’s difficult to catch Drogheda. I’d like to get a positive result before the break.”
Cooke will have to plan without injured duo Jack Flynn and Colm O’Brien while Galway remain without long-term injury victims Johnny Keane and Sean Kelly with Enda Curran also out after damaging cartilage in his knee. Mikey Gilmore and Eduardo Dusi miss out through suspension.
Drogheda; Daniel Corcoran 3 goals
Galway: Alan Murphy 3 goals
Galway are on such a wretched run of form at present it is hard to see where they will get a win. They had a wonderful opportunity at home to an out of sorts UCD recently and lost and while Drogheda are still losing games the performances have improved and they should get some breathing space on Friday night with a win.
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