Drogheda United -v- St Patrick’s Athletic

  • Fri, Nov 14, 2008 @ 8:40

A turbulent season for Drogheda United comes to an end on Friday with the chance to finish on a high as St Patrick’s Athletic come to town.

Pat’s, themselves the subjects of recent controversy, travel up the road having secured second place and looking to put a bad week of their own behind them and compound Paul Doolin’s men to an unhappy end to the season.

Recent weeks have seen injuries take their toll on last season’s champions and boss Paul Doolin will again be turning to one or two of his less-experienced stars.

Goalkeepers Jamie Ewings and Dan Connor are still injured, as is Shane Barrett, while Ollie Cahill has also been added to the wounded. Add to that a suspension for Shane Robinson and boss Doolin is left looking to overcome yet another obstacle in a season of them.

"We'll be working off pretty much the same panel of players as last week, though we'll be without Shane who's suspended and Ollie who picked up a knock before the Bray game last week.

"It seems like it's just been one thing after another, ever since pre-season. But it's not from lack of work or effort from the players or staff at the club. There's been a number of incidents, many of them well-documented in the press, that have made our jobs very difficult. But we've one game to go so we've got to give everything and hope to finish the season with a win."

The game is likely to be the last league encounter for midfielder Keiith Fahey in a St Pat’s shirt with the player likely to seal a move to England in the coming weeks. Mark Quigley, meanwhile, will be out for goals as he looks to finish above ex-Cork City man Dave Mooney in the season’s goal-scoring charts.

Next Fixture

Bohemians / April 27th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

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3Waterford FC1224
4Derry City1122
5Shamrock Rovers1317
6St. Patrick's Athletic1217
7Bohemian FC1312
8Sligo Rovers1211
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