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Date: 7:45 p.m. June 15, 2018
Venue: The Brandywell
Ref:
Att: 2,300 (est)
TV:

Scored: 41'
- Robbie Benson 41'

Scored: 62'
- Dylan Connolly 62'

Scored: 73'
- Patrick Hoban 73'

Scored: 82'
- Michael Duffy 82'



League Preview: Derry City -v- Dundalk

Fri, Jun 15 2018

Robbie Benson scored in a 4-1 win the last time Dundalk visited the Brandywell, while Ronan Curtis has since moved on to Portsmouth. Credit: John-Paul McGinley

DERRY CITY

Derry City host Dundalk on the back of the win having gone three games without tasting the sweetness of victory (kick-off 7.45pm).

This will be their first game without star man Ronan Curtis after he completed his move across the water to Portsmouth.

The fixture will take place exactly one month and one day since Dundalk became the first away side to leave the Brandywell victorious.

Derry took an early lead that night through Darren Cole but it was the Leinster men who ran out 4-1 winners.

Kenny Shields will be without Nicky Low who misses out due to suspension while Jamie McDonagh and Gavin Peers are marked as doubts due to injury.

Speaking to the club website ahead of the game, Kenny Shields was quick to address the recent downturn in form.

He said: “We’re struggling a bit to be honest. We’ve lost Ronan Curtis and Nicky [Low]'s suspension is a real blow on top of that.

“Gavin [Peers] and Jamie [McDonagh] are both very doubtful so while things aren’t great we have to stay focused.

“Dundalk are a quality side, everybody knows that, so we will have to dig deep and fight hard to keep them out.”

The mid-season break could not come any quicker for the Candystripes with a depleted squad due to a host of recent departures.

Shields however as admitted that he hopes to announce as many as four singings over the next couple of weeks.

DUNDALK

We have to go back as far as May 4th to find the last time Dundalk didn’t win a league game.

Since that loss away at Waterford, the Lilywhites have scored 24 goals in nine matches and currently sit second, one point off the leaders Cork.

Stephen Kenny will be able to welcome Chris Shields back from suspension after he missed last week’s win against Limerick.

Speaking to the club website, Kenny spoke about the tough task ahead in his old stomping ground.

He said: “The players are playing well at the moment. It is the second time we are going to the Brandywell in a couple of weeks. It’s a tough ask that is ahead of us.

“We have to earn it and have to earn the right to win the match. We will have to fight hard in Derry and play well to try and get a big victory.”

Dundalk have had a great run of results against Derry in recent times, only losing one of their last ten against the men in red and white.

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

 

MATCH STATS

Dundalk have scored14 times in their last three league games while conceding two.

Derry City have scored twice in their last three league games while conceding seven.

The sides have already met twice this season the first meeting back in April finished in a 2-2 draw at Oriel Park.

Their most recent meeting on May 14th finished in a landslide 4-1 win for Dundalk at the Brandywell.

Over their last ten meetings in all competitions, Dundalk have won five, Derry have won one and they have shared the spoils on four occasions.

Last three league matches: Derry City LLW; Dundalk WWW

 

BETTING

Derry City 9/2; Dundalk 4/9; Draw 16/5

PREDICTION

Derry City 0-2 Dundalk

 

Derry City

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Jamie McDonagh, Gavin Peers.

Suspended: Nicky Low.

Dundalk

Injured: Stephen O’Donnell, John Mountney.

Doubtful: Karolis Chvedukas.

Suspended: None.



Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Eoin Toal
Defender
Conor McDermott
Defender
Nicky Low
Defender
Jack Doyle
Defender
Ben Doherty
Defender
Darren Cole
Defender
Aaron McEneff
36Booked: 36'
Midfielder
Jamie McDonagh
53Booked: 53'
Midfielder
Ronan Hale
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
36Booked: 36'
Forward

Substitutes
Shane McNamee
Forward
Sean McBride
Forward
Niall Logue
Defender
Eric Grimes
Goalkeeper
Cathal Farren
Forward
Adrian Delap
Midfield
Evan Tweed
Midfield
Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Dane Massey
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Daniel Cleary
Defender
Chris Shields
Midfielder
36Booked: 36'
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder 83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
82Scored: 82'
Dylan Connolly
Midfielder
62Scored: 62'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Robbie Benson
Midfielder
41Scored: 41'
Patrick Hoban
Forward
73Scored: 73'

Substitutes
Marco Tagbajumi
Forward
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Ronan Murray
Forward
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Dean Jarvis
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Stephen Folan
Defender
Krisztián Adorján
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'


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