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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 4, 2019
Venue: Oriel Park
Att: 2,106

Daniel Kelly 64' -
Scored: 64'



League Preview: Dundalk -v- Derry City

Fri, Oct 04 2019

Last time these two side's met it was in the EA Sports Cup Final. Credit: John-Paul McGinley

DUNDALK

Crowned champions in their last league outing, Dundalk will extend their unbeaten in domestic competitions to 31 matches should they avoid defeat to Derry City at Oriel Park on Friday night.

The Lilywhites are also on course for what would be a first ever domestic treble in the club’s history after beating Sligo Rovers 1-0 at the Showgrounds in the FAI Cup semi-finals last Sunday evening.

“I said when I came here that this is what I wanted to do. I came here to win trophies and play in Europe,” midfielder Sean Murray told the club’s official website.

“We have won two trophies and I have played in Europe so I am three quarters of the way there now. I have had a few knocks and setbacks but I am feeling good now.

“I want to do it all again and the FAI Cup final will be my first final like that, so it’s something to look forward to but we want to go there and win. I have come over here and achieved a lot and I want to achieve even more.

“We have a big end of season coming up. We aren’t going to ease off even though we have won the league and into the final. There are places in the final side up for grabs and these games are important for that.

“I want to stake a claim now for the rest of the season and see where it gets me. I hopefully have given myself a chance to start in the next few games. I am just glad to be back fit and feeling good again.”

For the visit of Derry, Dundalk will be without the suspended duo of Daniel Cleary and Dean Jarvis, while both Patrick McEleney (hamstring) and John Mountney (foot) also miss out through injuries.

 

DERRY CITY

This fixture holds greater significance for European-chasing Derry City, who are actually the last team to take as much as even a point from the Lilywhites when they did so in a 2-2 draw back in July.

A top-four finish would guarantee Europa League qualification and they are currently three points ahead of fifth-place St Patrick’s Athletic heading into their next fixture against champions Dundalk.

An easy 4-0 win – in which Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe took his tally for the season to 11 – over struggling Cork City at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium last time out went some way to achieving that.

“We’ve talked this week about the fact that we’ve only lost three times on the road this season. That’s a superb achievement for a group of players who have only been together since January and we can take heart from that,” said assistant manager Kevin Deery.

“Dundalk have earned all the plaudits this season and rightly so. They have had another brilliant year but from our point, we’ve competed with them every time we met.

“They have already won the league, but we know Ruaidhrí and many of their players and they’ll still be looking to protect their 30-game unbeaten run, so there’s no chance of them taking their eye off the ball.

“We have no match for 15 days after this so we can focus all our attention on Friday night. A result there would really set things up for that busy end to the season.”

The Candystripes have been hit with the news that Jack Malone’s season is over after picked up a stress fracture in his foot, while Darren Cole also misses out on the trip to Dundalk through injury.

Referee: Neil Doyle.

 

MATCH FACTS

It’s now well over 12 months since Dundalk lost a league match at Oriel Park – last team to beat them at the Louth venue was Shamrock Rovers, who recorded a 2-1 win there in August 28th, 2018.

Dundalk are now unbeaten in 23 league matches which is a club record. The last team to take as much as even a point from the Lilywhites was Derry City, who drew 2-2 at the Brandywell in July.

Now with 80 points, eight more from their final four fixtures would see Dundalk break the single-season League of Ireland points record that they themselves set last season with a hefty tally of 87. 

 

BETTING

Dundalk 6/5; Draw 13/5; Derry City 21/10

PREDICTION

Dundalk 1-1 Derry City

 

Dundalk

Injured: John Mountney, Patrick McEleney.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Dean Jarvis, Daniel Cleary.

 

Derry City

Injured: Jack Malone, Darren Cole.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Andy Boyle
Defender
Cameron Dummigan
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Robbie Benson
Midfielder
Michael Duffy
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Midfielder
Sean Murray
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Midfielder
Chris Shields
90Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Patrick Hoban
Forward
Daniel Kelly
64Scored: 64'
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Hanratty
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Sean Hoare
Defender
Georgie Kelly
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Forward
Lido Lotefa
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
Forward
Dane Massey
Defender
Jamie McGrath
Midfield
Ross Treacy
Goalkeeper
Derry City
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Ally Gilchrist
Defender
Jamie McDonagh
Defender
Eoin Toal
Defender
Ciaron Harkin
Midfielder
Darren McCauley
Midfielder 57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Barry McNamee
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder 32'
32Subbed Off: 32'
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe
Forward
72Booked: 72'
David Parkhouse
Forward

Substitutes
Ronan Boyce
Defender
Conor Davis
Forward
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
Adrian Delap
Midfield
Nathan Gartside
Goalkeeper
Grant Gillespie
Unknown
32Subbed On: 32'
32'
Mark McChrystal
Defender
Michael McCrudden
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'