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Friday 15 December 2017

Drogheda set to be stretched to the limit

DAMIEN Richardson admits that his Drogheda United squad will be stretched to the limit for tonight's FAI Cup battle away to Derry City due to their disciplinary problems.

Drogheda, who on Friday night played out a 2-2 draw at home to Derry which caused tonight's replay, have five players suspended for their trip north.

Peter McGlynn, Shane Grimes and Gavan Holohan serve automatic bans after they were all sent off in Friday's draw, while suspensions now kick in for key duo Mick Daly and Gavin Brennan, two of the survivors from last season's FAI Cup final defeat.

"We will need a special performance, we know that as we are down to the bare bones," says Richardson. "There will be a number of the U19s and U17s on the bench so it will need a terrific display in terms of both character and quality from the eleven players selected."

Drogheda were already down to nine men when veteran defender Alan McNally put them 2-1 up at home to Derry but more woe arrived with an equaliser from Derry's Philip Lowry and then a third red card, for Holohan.

"Friday was a night in which so much went against us but the heroic attitude of the players kept us on track and in the Cup," added Richardson. "Although we are going to Derry with a weakened side due to the suspensions, I have great confidence in the group and I feel that we can do ourselves justice."

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