Drogheda boss Clancy ex­pect­ing stiff test from Seasiders

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT - MAR­CUS CAVAROLI

DROGHEDA United boss Tim Clancy is warn­ing against any com­pla­cency as his team pre­pare for Satur­day’s long trip to face Cobh Ram­blers (7.45pm).

A glance at the league ta­ble would sug­gest that this is one of the eas­ier fix­tures the Boy­nesiders will face, with Cobh ly­ing in eighth place, but Clancy is in­clined to be­lieve that they are in a false po­si­tion and that’s a mes­sage he’ll be spell­ing out to his play­ers in train­ing this week.

The Mun­ster side have al­ready equalled their record of the past two sea­sons in suf­fer­ing two home de­feats - they went down 2-0 to both Finn Harps and UCD in their only fix­tures to date on their own patch.

How­ever, last week they knocked Lim­er­ick out of the EA Sports Cup be­fore putting four goals past Athlone Town fol­low­ing an­other road trip on Fri­day.

‘It’s a huge game for us on Satur­day and it’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult against Cobh,’ said Clancy, right, on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

‘I know they have not started well, but they will have am­bi­tions to be up there at the end of the sea­son.

‘They are a very good side and have been for the last cou­ple of years and Hendo [Stephen Hen­der­son] has them hard to beat and, as I’ve said ev­ery week, we’re go­ing to have to be right at it.’

The fact that the game is on a Satur­day lim­its the im­pact of the long trip as most play­ers won’t have work com­mit­ments dur­ing the day, and Clancy will be look­ing for his team to re­pro­duce the ruth­less­ness they showed when putting eight goals past Wex­ford, with their only sub­se­quent away game in Cabin­teely end­ing in de­feat.

For the sec­ond game in a row he has a full squad to se­lect from apart from Luke Rossiter, who is still the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the club fol­low­ing his controversial tweet about the Belfast rape case.

Last Fri­day the Drogs needed a Ciaran Kelly strike in the fi­nal sug­ges­tion that his team had got out of jail.

‘I think we had the bet­ter chances in the game. It wasn’t one of our bet­ter per­for­mances - we gave the ball away more of­ten than we have been do­ing - but Paul Skin­ner did not have a save to make and we re­stricted them to shots from dis­tance.

‘Their keeper made two fan­tas­tic saves and Gareth McCaf­frey had an­other great chance, and al­though you’re happy to get a draw when it’s in the last minute I don’t think we nicked a point.

‘It just shows the char­ac­ter of the team to come back like that.’

Asked about Ciaran Kelly, whose goal saved Drogheda from only their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son, Clancy wasn’t sur­prised the teenager has set him­self a goal to play across the wa­ter in the fu­ture.

‘He’s only 19 and phys­i­cally he’s get­ting stronger ev­ery time he plays. He’s a fan­tas­tic player and it [ca­reer in Eng­land] should be some­thing he’s work­ing to­wards.

‘We will want to keep him for the fore­see­able fu­ture and his am­bi­tion is what we want. We want young play­ers in our team who want to im­prove.’

Mean­while, Drogheda’s EA Sports Cup sec­ond-round tie away to Shel­bourne - orig­i­nally sched­uled for next Mon­day - has been put back 24 hours, with a 7.45pm kick-off in Tolka Park.

The Drogs face Shels again in the league on Fri­day week, just 72 hours af­ter their cup meet­ing.

I know they have not started well, but they will have am­bi­tions to be up there at the end of the sea­son

sec­onds to se­cure a 1-1 draw at home to Long­ford Town, but Clancy dis­counted any

Lee Duffy takes down the ball dur­ing Fri­day’s game against Long­ford. Pic­ture: Paul Con­nor

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