Team news vs Bray Wanderers
It’s the penultimate home game of the season for Dundalk and we welcome Bray Wanderers to the Carrick Road on Friday evening.
How can I follow it?
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!
Speaking to dundalkfc.com. ahead of the visit of Bray forward David McMillan and he reflected on what was a ‘mammoth task’ against Shamrock Rovers in the semi-final victory.
“It was a mammoth task over both games and I think we done it the hard way a little bit. To surrender the lead so late the lads showed brilliant character to come back to get the two late goals in tough conditions out there,
“Personally I’m delighted with my return on goals this season and we’ve four games left so hopefully there will be a couple more.”
“We had a lot of young guys on the bench tonight and we’ve a lot of injuries but we didn’t want to make any excuses at the end of the game.”
The focus now switches back to the league with the FAI Cup final three weeks away and the attention is fully on the remainder of the league programme with McMillan intent on picking up maximum points in each game until the finish.
“You’ve got to go and win the match no matter what and thankfully we’ve a lot of big characters in the dressing room and went and did that.”
“We have three league games remaining and we didn’t want those games to peter out, we wanted something at the end of it. Everyone will be vying for a place come the AVIVA so it should keep us nice and competitive for the last few league games,”
What happened the last time we met?
We met at the Carlisle Grounds in June and we were 3-0 winners on the night. Robbie Benson’s first half double was added to by a wonder goal from Patrick McEleney to give us all three points by the seaside.
What about at Oriel Park?
We last met in the league at Oriel Park back in April on a contentious night when we were defeated 3-1. Two penalties from Gary McCabe twice gave the Seagulls the lead after Stephen O’Donnell had equalised for us however Ryan Brennan made the game safe with a volley.
How did we do last weekend?
We have had a good week – first of all last Saturday we defeated Finn Harps at Finn Park 2-0 with second half finishes from Brian Gartland and Jamie McGrath doing enough to give us victory in difficult conditions in Ballybofey.
Then on Tuesday evening we qualified for our third FAI Cup final in a row with a 4-2 victory over Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup semi-final replay. Ronan Finn had given the Hoops an early lead however David McMillan equalised almost immediately. Robbie Benson looked like he had won it for the Lilywhites however Michael O’Connor levelled things up once more in the closing stages to send the game to extra-time. The first period was a cagey affair however McMillan netted his second of the night and a superb diving header from captain Stephen O’Donnell gave Dundalk a 4-2 win and a place in the final against Cork City at the AVIVA Stadium after an enthralling clash at Tallaght.
Sean Grant will be the man in the middle at Oriel Park and he will be assisted by Darragh Keegan and Brian Fenton. Adriano Reale will act as fourth official on the night.
Steven Kinsella, John Mountney and Dane Massey all miss out through injury. As does Niclas Vemmelund and Patrick McEleney. Tommy Stewart and Chris Shields are doubts. Conor Clifford is serving a six month ban for betting offences.
Last 10 meetings with Bray Wanderers (All competitions)
30.06.2017 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 0-3 Dundalk (Benson 2, 26, McEleney 63)
14.04.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 1-3 Bray Wanderers (O’Donnell 57; McCabe pen 54, pen 68, Brennan 74)
10.08.2016 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 2-1 Dundalk ((Salmon 38, Connolly 79; Horgan 12)
10.05.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Boyle 23)
05.03.2016 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 1-3 Dundalk (Kelly 30; Kilduff 4, 28; Finn 81)
30.10.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 4-0 Bray Wanderers (Kilduff 5, Horgan 9, Towell 79, 88)
31.07.2015 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 0-1 Dundalk (Kilduff 73)
04.05.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 8-1 Bray Wanderers (Towell 2, Gartland 9, 44, Boyle 22, Horgan 54, 86, Massey 70, Finn 82; Cassidy pen 19)
17.10.2014 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 1-1 Dundalk (Cassidy 1; Hoban 64)
27.07.2014 (LGE) Dundalk 5-1 Bray Wanderers (Towell 3, Byrne 28, 62, Hoban 57, 85; Akinade 83)