Wexford Youths boss Shane Keegan believes Drogheda United are favourites ahead of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Promotion/Relegation play-off first leg at Ferrycarrig Park (7.45pm).

The Model men finished 11th in the Premier Division whereas Drogheda finished 23 points adrift of First Division winners Limerick in second.

The Drogs gave themselves a shot at an immediate retrun to the top flight after squeaking past Cobh Ramblers 3-2 on aggregate.

After Friday night's 2-1 defeat to Cobh at United Park [a 2-0 win in Cork proved to be enought to get them through], Pete Mahon's men have had little time to recover, but Keegan talked up his opponents. 

"We knew from day one that there was a strong chance that we could find ourselves in the play-off so from a mindset side of things that's probably a help," he said.

It's up to us to go out and produce the goods when it's most needed - Shane Keegan

"Drogheda are an excellent side and probably head into the games as favourites but we've prepared very well and we're confident that we're up to the challenge.

"We want to continue to prove ourselves at this level so it's up to us to go out and produce the goods when it's most needed and I have full faith that that is exactly what we will do."

Keegan made a raft of changes for the 5-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers on Saturday night and has a fully fit squad to choose from.

His opposite number Mahon admitted his charges failed to perform against Cobh three days ago, and expects a vastly improved showing tonight.

"We made a very nervous start and Cobh were exceptional," he said.

"We couldn't get a foothold in the game. I think both clubs deserve credit for the quality that was on show over the course of the two games but we know we can play so much better than we did on Friday."

We want the tie to still be alive at United Park on Friday but we won't be setting up to sit back - Pete Mahon

Although Drogheda froze on their own patch against Cobh, they were excellent in the first leg on the road. 

Mahon insisted they'll be going on the front foot again in Wexford: "We want the tie to still be alive at United Park on Friday but we won't be setting up to sit back.

"We might be pushed back at certain stages of the game but our goal tomorrow will be to score and win the game. 

"If we play like we have against UCD and the first game against Cobh, I'm confident we'll get the right result over the two legs."

Mahon will also have a full squad to choose from, with Sean Brennan once again available for selection having served a three-match ban.