A turbulent season for Drogheda United comes to an end on Friday with the chance to finish on a high as St Patrickâ€™s Athletic come to town.
Patâ€™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 Doolinâ€™s men to an unhappy end to the season.
Recent weeks have seen injuries take their toll on last seasonâ€™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 Patâ€™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 seasonâ€™s goal-scoring charts.
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