Tony Cousins and his under pressure squad have a break from the League on Saturday next when they play Drogheda United at City Calling Stadium in the third round of the FAI Ford Cup, kick-off 7.30pm.
It is over two and a half months since the last game in the Cup when the Town scored a well deserved 4-0 win over Limerick non-league outfit Pike Rovers. Drogheda United travelled to Dublin in the last round and beat Bohemians 3-0 at Dalymount Park with goals from Quigley, O’Brien and Hand.
The Drogheda manager Mick Cooke (who was at the Salthill Devon game on Saturday evening last) previously managed Monaghan and has turned the county Louth side around with their second place finish in the Premier Division last season coupled with the League Cup win.
Drogheda also got to the Setanta Cup Final this season where they will play Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium in the coming weeks. Drogheda’s league form this season is good but they are in the bottom half of the table and that is due mainly to the fact that they have drawn 11 of the 24 games played.
Drogheda are on a very good run at the moment and the fact that they travelled to the Brandywell on Friday night last and came away with a 2-0 victory shows how well they are playing. They also beat Derry in the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup, also at the Brandywell.
Last season’s squad were very well balanced but Cooke strengthened it with the signing of Paul O’Connor from UCD and David Cassidy from Shelbourne. In Michael Schlingermann they have an excellent keeper who is keeping Gabriel Sava out of the team at the moment.
The defence are a strong unit that is well marshalled by Alan Byrne. Alan McNally, a brother of former Town player Paul, is an excellent defender also.
The Brennan brothers Ryan and Gavin who played for Monaghan United under Cooke are two players who are capable of scoring match winning goals as they did last week in the Brandywell.
Drogheda also have a matchwinner in Declan “Fabio” O’Brien who is one of the all time star strikers in the league. Two former Longford players Cathal Brady and Peter Hynes are valuable members of the Drogheda squad. Cathal, who was injured some time ago, has regained fitness and also his place in the starting eleven while Hynes replaced O’Brien late in the game against Derry.