FAI Cup Preview: Drogheda United -v- Bohemians

Bohs celebrating a Jonathan Afolabi goal against UCD last week

Bohs celebrating a Jonathan Afolabi goal against UCD last week Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)


Drogheda United host Bohemians at Weavers Park this evening as both teams eye a place in the last four of the FAI Cup (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Boynesiders have lost each of their three meetings against Bohs this season – but they are in decent form.

They head into the game having won three games in a row.

A 1-0 win away to Kerry in the second round of the FAI Cup was followed by back to back home wins against Cork City and UCD.

But in terms of team news, Drogheda are down a few bodies.

Midfielder Dylan Grimes remains a long term injury absentee while both Darragh Markey and Dayle Rooney are doubtful.


Bohemians boss Declan Devine has called on his side to be at it ‘from the start’ when they visit Drogheda United in the FAI Cup.

A win for Bohs would see them reach the last four of the competition, but Devine insists it will not be easy for his side.

“The FAI Cup doesn’t suffer fools, so we have to be bang at it right from the very start. The players have been really looking forward to the game,” he said when speaking to his club’s media team.

“Going to Drogheda is a tough place but we are going there concentrating on ourselves. We know their strengths having played them three times already but we also know our own strengths and we have concentrated on them all week.

“There is a big prize on offer for whoever wins the game, so having had two weeks since our last game, this is one that we have really prepared well for.

“At the start of the year, your goal is to get to the latter stages of the FAI Cup, and it doesn’t matter what the draw is, doing that will always be very difficult.

“Drogheda will fancy their chances and we will fancy our chances, but we have to make sure we perform to the levels we are capable of.”

Referee: Neil Doyle.



Drogheda United 1-2 Bohemians


Drogheda United

Injured: Dylan Grimes.

Doubtful: Darragh Markey, Dayle Rooney.

Suspended: None.



Injured: Dean Williams, Paddy Kirk.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.