Clancy hop­ing for Meaney hot streak as Drogs get back down to busi­ness

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT - MAR­CUS CAVAROLI

DROGHEDA United man­ager Tim Clancy is hop­ing Stephen Meaney can make up for lost time in 2019 after miss­ing a large chunk of last sea­son through in­jury.

The 20-year-old striker, who made just three starts in the early part of the cam­paign, scor­ing once, has re-signed for the Boy­nesiders for a third year and Clancy feels he can of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent in at­tack to chief marks­man Chris Lyons.

Speak­ing on Mon­day morn­ing, Clancy said: ‘Stephen was un­for­tu­nate that he had an ac­ci­dent at work last year and had to miss three or four months of the sea­son, but he was right in the mix, he’s tech­ni­cally very good and is a very good fin­isher.

‘We’re try­ing to make him a bit more ag­gres­sive and use his body a bit more and we’re look­ing for him to step up this year.

‘We have 18 play­ers signed on first-team con­tracts now and we’ll have a cou­ple more in the next cou­ple of weeks.’

Pre-sea­son got un­der way on Satur­day morn­ing with a gym ses­sion at In­te­gral in Drogheda and the man­ager said he was happy with the work­out.

‘We did a few tests and had a chat about things and it was good to be back,’ said Clancy.

‘They’re in good shape. They are all quite young any­way and very fit and I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting pre-sea­son un­der way.

‘There were a cou­ple of ab­sen­tees, but ev­ery­one was there who was ex­pected to be there and we’ll be in Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day un­til the sea­son starts, based out of Ash­bourne.

‘Go­ing for­ward, though, it’s im­por­tant that the first team - and all the teams - are based in Drogheda be­cause that’s where the club is.’

Mean­while, Lee Duffy won’t be lin­ing out for the Drogs in 2019 after he opted to sign for Ir­ish League club War­ren­point Town.

The 27-year-old winger, who bagged seven goals in 19 start­ing ap­pear­ances dur­ing a pre­vi­ous spell at United Park in 2015. scored three times from 13 starts last sea­son but faded out of the first-team pic­ture in the sec­ond half of the cam­paign.

In terms of friendlies, Drogheda are await­ing for the date of the an­nual Jim Malone Cup game against Dun­dalk to be fi­nalised - it will be in Oriel Park.

The club’s other pre-sea­son games will then be con­firmed, but at the mo­ment the dates pen­cilled in are Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 5th for a be­hind-closed-doors game against Repub­lic of Ire­land Un­der-19s in Ab­bot­stown, and the fol­low­ing Fri­day or Satur­day for St Patrick’s Ath­letic in Rich­mond Park. Drogheda will also Bo­hemi­ans, prob­a­bly in Ab­bot­stown, and Finn Harps at United Park.

The Boy­nesiders will have to wait a num­ber of weeks to find out their op­po­nents in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup after the draw for the last 16 of the com­pe­ti­tion took place last week.

Clancy’s side will be away to ei­ther Ash­ford Rovers (Wick­low), Hanover Harps (Car­low), Sher­iff YC or Fir­house Clover.

Louth boss Wayne Kier­ans looks on dur­ing his side’s O’Byrne Cup clash with Long­ford.

Pic­tures: Jimmy Wel­don

Tim Clancy, Drogheda United man­ager, with lo­cal play­ers Thomas Byrne and Sean Bren­nan at the pre-sea­son train­ing at In­te­gral Fit­ness and Leisure.

Jan­abi Amour gets down to work at Drogheda United’s first pre­sea­son train­ing ses­sion at In­te­gral Fit­ness and Leisure on Satur­day.

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