TEAM NEWS: FAI CUP
It’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final time and a Louth Derby at Oriel Park with Dundalk taking on Drogheda United.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the earlier time of 7.45 p.m. on Friday at Oriel Park and if you can’t make it then we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on twitter, Dundalk FC on facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. We will provide you with pre-match, in play and post-match updates from the afternoon’s action!
It’s an important game – an FAI Cup quarter-final. There’s a derby element to it. In the Cup you always expect a tough game. They are always difficult and we are at the quarter-final stage so this will be no different.
The players are in good form though and we are scoring a lot of goals. They are coming from all over the pitch as well. We can take confidence from that and it’s a good thing to have. There’s an even spread throughout the team. The players are defending well also, we have been playing well over the last few weeks and we want to keep that good run of form going into the game tomorrow.
How did we do last weekend?
We were 6-0 winners over St. Patrick’s Athletic last Friday. A first half brace from David McMillan was added to in the second half by Sean Gannon, Dylan Connolly, Robbie Benson and Thomas Stewart to give the Lilywhites all three points against the Saints who finished with ten man after having Ian Bermingham sent off.
What happened the last time we met?
We met in the first match back after the mid season break at United Park and we were 6-0 victors on the night. David McMillan and Ciaran Kilduff bagged doubles respectively with Michael Duffy and Patrick McEleney finishing the scoring.
How did we get to the quarter-finals?
In the first round we were 4-0 victors over Derry City at Oriel Park four weeks ago. John Mountney scored twice, David McMillan got one as did Duffy. In the last round we defeated non league Crumlin United at the Iveagh Grounds. McMillan, Sean Hoare and Steven Kinsella netted on the day with Jake Donnelly scoring for Crumlin.
Neil Doyle will take charge of the derby on Friday night. Robert Clarke and Mark Gavin will assist with Tomas Connolly will be fourth official.
Anything else we should know?
The match is in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup which means season tickets aren’t valid. If the sides are level at the end of the 90 minutes we will head to a replay on Tuesday 12th September at United Park.
Stephen O’Donnell, Dane Massey and John Mountney are ruled out through injury. Jamie McGrath returns to contention after his appendicitis.