Bohemians v Drogheda (Premier Division)
It’s been an appalling campaign for Bohemians, so much so that manager Keith Long paid the price with his job despite seven relatively successful years in charge, albeit with no silverware to show. Consistency has killed Bohs this season so back-to-back wins in recent weeks will have pleased their interim boss Derek Pender, even if those wins have come against the divisions bottom two sides.
However, this Friday, Bohemians welcome the league’s third bottom outfit Drogheda United to Dalymount Park. With the Drogs losing three on the spin, this looks a good opportunity for Bohemians to put some sort of a shine on their league form going into the business end of the season.
Drogheda United have failed to score in any of their last three games and they’ve been making uncharacteristic mistakes at the back in recent weeks, perhaps a sign that the busy season has taken its toll one of the top-flight’s few part-time teams.
Drogheda have long secured their Premier Division status for next season and with some of their stronger players likely to be mulling over offers from elsewhere for next season, Bohemians may be able to capatilise and claim a home win. Despite also having nothing to play for, Bohs supporters are ultra demanding and will want to see their team make up for some of their poor performances this year with a strong finish.
Derry City v Finn Harps (Premier Division)
Derry City are chasing Shamrock Rovers hard as we enter “squeaky bum time” in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Five consecutive league wins has brought Derry to within five points of the leaders with just five games to go with last Friday’s 1-0 win in Dublin against St.Patrick’s Athletic a real sign of intent by the Candystripes given St.Pat’s had won their last five games!
City have kept clean sheets in all five of their most recent league games and have won 4 of those 5 games by a scoreline of 1-0. Derry’s chances of another shutout should be high here as they welcome the divisions joint-second lowest goalscorers to the Brandywell.
The contrast in form between the two sides couldn’t be starker with Finn Harps winless in their last four (losing three). While this has been a tricky fixture for Derry this season (W2D1, no clean sheets), Ruadhri Higgins team are playing with a real focus and control at present and should be professional enough to dispatch relegation threatened Finn Harps without much fuss.
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