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Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke has played down their position in the Airtricity Premier Division, saying that he is "aiming for a top-four finish"

Overachieving Drogheda United currently sit in second place in the Airtricity Premier Division table, four points behind league leaders Sligo Rovers, but Drogs manager Mick Cooke has refused to call his side "title contenders".

Last season, the Boynesiders finished a lowly ninth with 25 points, but this year Droghea have exceeded all expectations. Speaking to the Irish Times, Cooke played down the team's form after 17 games, having recorded 9 wins and amassed 32 points. “I think it’s still too early to call us title contenders, we still have everyone left to play and we have to play Sligo twice,” said Cooke.

“There are a lot of games left to play. Before the season I said we should be finishing sixth or seventh, but now I would be aiming for a top-four finish.”

Brennan brothers Ryan and Gavin are due to miss Drogheda's league tie with UCD tonight, as both players are suspended. Brian Gannon returns from injury for Drogs, while UCD have Ger Barron, Cillian Morrison, Chris Mulhall, Graham Rusk, and Sean Russell sidelined through injury.

Drogheda United versus UCD kicks off at Hunky Dorys Park at 19.45 BST tonight, Friday August 27th.

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