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Finn Harps Preview: It’s all on the Lyons for Drogheda

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Chris Lyons in action during last season's win over Cabinteely at United Park. Photo Credit: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Drogheda United boss Tim Clancy believes his side have the firepower to seal their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division return after two seasons away. The Drogs face Finn Harps at United Park tonight in the first leg of the promotion-relegation play-off and Clancy says he has best striker outside of the top flight at his disposal.

Chris Lyons scored a brilliant long-range effort in the 5-1 win over Cabinteely on Friday to bring his tally for the campaign to 14. The United boss said, “Chrissy is the best striker in the league by distance this year.

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“He got his goal against Cabinteely but there’s a lot more to his game than goals”. He also paid tribute to another striker, 20-year-old Mark Doyle, who has hit 13 goals in all competitions in 2019. He said, “Doyler’s been phenomenal. He’s getting better and adding more to his game. He’s picking the ball up in dangerous areas, in the pockets”.

Drogheda are hopeful captain Jake Hyland will be fit to start against Harps while Sam Todd returns from suspension for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Luke McNally fired United into tonight’s play-off final first leg with a stunning hat-trick on Friday evening but his biggest supporter was not there to share the experience. Dad Stephen missed the Cabinteely clash while on holiday as his 20-year-old defender son bagged a brilliant treble.

After the game, Clancy revealed how a holiday booked prior to the play-off games being scheduled meant he was thousands of miles away. “Stephen has been at every game this year, home and away. He was listening from Spain and he’ll be delighted with that.

“We have another two games to try and get the benefit out of Luke and hopefully he can pop up again with another goal. We see him in training and he steps in and his finishing is frightening. He’s very composed.” he added. McNally’s three goals on Friday took his tally to the campaign to nine goals.

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