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Team news vs Bohemians

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// 19 Oct 2017

It’s the final home game of the season for us at Oriel Park and we welcome Bohemians on Friday night.

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The match kicks off at the time of 7. 45 p.m. on Friday at Oriel 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 day’s action!

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Dundalk FC take on Bohemian FC for the final SSE Airtricity League game to be played at Oriel Park this season, and defender Niclas Vemmelund hopes the team can maintain the positive feeling running through the whole squad.

Stephen Kenny’s side go into the game in confident mood following a 1-0 win against Bray Wanderers on Friday.

It’s been an exciting period of late with all connected with the Lilywhites after booking a place in a third successive FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium following the EA SPORTS Cup triumph over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

“I wasn’t playing but it was nice to get the winner so late in the Bray game as we just have to win every game no matter what,” Vemmelund tells dundalkfc.com.

“I know Cork is probably going to win the league but we still have to keep the momentum until the FAI Cup final so that’s what’s important now.”

Friday’s game is the last of three against the Gypsies this season and the final game to be played at Oriel Park. The 25-year-old emphasised the importance of having a packed stadium to support the team.

“We have our last home game here at Oriel Park on Friday so hopefully there will be a good crowd and we can keep our winning streak going,” said the Dane.

“As a player very important to have as many supporters as possible at the game. We would like to have a load of supporters especially because it’s our last home game – and hopefully we’ll give them something to enjoy on Friday, a good result and nice football too.

“So it’s important for everyone I think, not only for us players but for themselves as well to get out there and support the club and the town.”

Earlier in the season Dundalk FC produced a couple of fantastic results beating Bohemians 2-0 at Oriel Park and 1-0 at Dalymount Park, the defender is hoping for a huge crowd to cheer on the side to similar result this time around.

“It’s going to be another tough game,” predicted Vemmelund. “From what I’ve heard they played really well against Cork and maybe should have won the game.

“So it’s going to be a really tough game, Bohemians are one of the good teams this year and just missed out on a European place.

“As I said they’ll be a hard opponent and we’ll have to be ready for the final league game. I think we’ll all be ready for it and do our best to give the crowd something to cheer about.”

 

What happened the last time we met?

We last met in July with Ciaran Kilduff’s last minute header giving the Lilywhites all three points at Dalymount Park from Jamie McGrath’s pinpoint cross.

What about at Oriel Park?

We met at Oriel back in April with goals in either half from David McMillan and Michael Duffy sealing a 2-0 win on the night.

How did we do last weekend?

Duffy was the hero last weekend when he netted an 88th minute winner after latching onto McGrath’s through ball and the winger made no mistake from just inside the box to give us a 1-0 win against 10 man Bray Wanderers.

 

Referee

Derek Tomney will be the referee on Friday night and he will be assisted by Mark Gavin and Ciaran Delaney. Ben Connolly will be fourth official.

Team news

Dundalk will be without captain Stephen O’Donnell who misses out through suspension after accumulating five yellow cards while Conor Clifford is serving a worldwide six month suspension for betting offences. There are a number of injury concerns with Steven Kinsella, Niclas Vemmelund, Patrick McEleney, Dylan Connolly, Thomas Stewart, Dane Massey, John Mountney and Chris Shields all struggling with a variety of knocks.

 

Last 10 meetings with Bohemians (All competitions)

05.07.2017 (LGE) Bohemians 0-1 Dundalk (Kilduff 88)

21.04.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 2-0 Bohemians (McMillan 9, Duffy 66)

23.10.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Bohemians (Boyle 15, Gartland 64; Quigley pen 29)

01.09.2016 (LGE) Bohemians 1-2 Dundalk (Byrne 67; Gartland 24, Mountney 65)

29.04.2016 (LGE) Bohemians 0-2 Dundalk (Horgan 38, 67)

04.04.2016 (LSC) Bohemians 4-3 Dundalk (Murphy 31, Byrne 69, 81, 87; M. O’Connor 13, 74, J. Kelly 90)

28.08.2015 (LGE) Bohemians 2-2 Dundalk (Buckley 17, Akinade 78; O’Donnell 60, Towell 90)

05.06.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 1-2 Dundalk (Massey 10; Rogers og 2, Mulcahy 75)

24.03.2015 (LGE) Bohemians 0-3 Dundalk (McMillan 27, Kelly 82, Meenan 86)

29.08.2014 (LGE) Dundalk 3-2 Bohemians (Boyle 22, McMillan 54, 77; Moore 29, Corcoran 42)