Drogheda United will be aiming to book their place in next week’s Premier Division promotion play-off final when they host Cobh Ramblers tomorrow night at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs go into the game in pole position after they recorded a 2-0 away at St Colman’s Park last Saturday.
Second half strikes from Marc Griffin and Gareth McCaffrey capped off an impressive display with Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon full of praise for his side’s performance.
“I was delighted with how we played last week,” Mahon admitted Thursday afternoon. “The first half an hour was a bit shaky but we started to get our foot on the ball after that and we made some slight adjustments at half-time.
“We were excellent in the second half and really made Cobh work hard to get the ball. We went there looking for the win and thankfully we took our chances when we were on top in the game.”
Given the dominant position that the Boynesiders are in, does the Drogheda boss feel complacency may become an issue?
“Absolutely not. We’ve been drilling it into the players that this tie is far from over. We are only really at half-time so anything can happen. I’d expect Cobh to come at us with everything they have tomorrow so we need to be on our game to progress.”
With over a thousand people in attedance at United Park for the final league game of the season against UCD a fortnight ago, the Drogheda boss is calling on the people of the town to get behind their club once again as they continue their push for promotion.
“I’ve heard ticket sales are going very well down at the club shop so hopefully we’ll have a full crowd tomorrow night. We had our biggest crowd of the season against UCD and you could see how the atmosphere inspired the players.
“I think those that went to UCD and away to Cobh last week will like what they have seen and hopefully we can build on that both tomorrow and in the future.”
Sean Brennan is the only absentee for the hosts as he serves the final match of a three game ban while both Kevin Farragher (groin) and Gareth McCaffrey (calf) are rated as doubtful.