In a fortnight or so, we travel to the Wee County to take on Drogheda, who would have been considered one of our main rivals for promotion at the beginning of the season.
An abysmal run of form has seen any hope they had of a top placing long disappear over the horizon. A narrow 2-3 loss to Phibsboro has arrested the alarming slide of not scoring points in matches, and historically, as a Club, they have never ever been white-washed 3 times in a season. We can therefore expect fierce resistance from the experienced Louth men, as they try to avoid this happening for the first time. They also have an added incentive of making our Captain’s return a less than happy one, and they are known to adjust their team to meet each particular opponent. One word of caution to Captain Pat Scanlan and his team, our board fives have cumulatively scored 6/7 this season, and we have the same expectation of them as of any team member. Nevertheless, it is still a huge surprise to see Drogheda struggle, considering that the players who have played up for their Heidenfeld and O’Hanlon teams have performed so well, and we certainly don’t expect Drogheda to literally fall apart as they did against the University & Inchicore. They are Good Players!! Whilst Drogheda will miss John & Adam who have played up too often to be considered, they have found a wealth of talent in Sean Cummins and young Adam Kane, and are far too strong to be even considered relegation candidates.
Be that as it may, our focus has to remain not only on strengthening our grip in the promotion race, but in wrestling the title away from Dublin University.