Team news vs Bray Wanderers
It’s the beginning of the third series of matches and we are at home for the second time in four days this time hosting Bray Wanderers.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. on Friday evening 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 evening’s action!
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the visit of Bray Wanderers striker Marco Tagbajumi reflected on a ‘good win’ over Waterford on Monday and is pleased to remain top of the tree.
“It was a good win for us on Monday. I am happy that we got the win. The most important thing is that we are winning matches and that makes everybody happy. It keeps us at the top of the table which is where we want to be.
“It’s always good to keep that distance and it was an important win for us against one of our rivals in Waterford. ”
Tagbajumi netted the second goal on the night, which proved to be the insurance goal of the 2-0 win, and he was understandably happy to score and is hoping that after netting for the first time in the league, he will score more regularly now.
“I have been waiting for the first goal for a while since I got here. I have been here 3 months and to get my first in the league is great for me. The first goal was always going to be the hardest to get.
“I am happy just to get it out of the way and hopefully I can get a few more now. I want to help the team in any way I can and scoring goals help that so hopefully I can kick on now. ”
The games come thick and fast with Bray Wanderers up next tomorrow evening and the 29 year-old is expecting a tough game against the Seagulls, like the previous two contests, however is confident that the Lilywhites can continue their fine recent form with another victory.
“We have been on a good run and we have to keep it up. We can’t let it go now and we have to keep going until the break so we can have a small rest.
“We have to go again against Bray Wanderers tomorrow. They have given us tough games this year so it won’t be easy but we are ready and we are looking to get another three points at home and we are in good form. ”
How did we get on last weekend?
We had a very good weekend. It started at Dalymount Park and we were 2-0 winners last Friday evening. Goals in either half from Patrick Hoban and Sean Hoare gave us a very hard fought win against Bohemians. Then on Monday we repeated the trick with another 2-0 win at Oriel Park this time but against Waterford. Robbie Benson netted in the first half and Marco Tagbajumi scored his first league goal for the club to seal the win in the 90th minute.
Those two wins mean we still have our noses in front at the top of the table with 43 and we are 2 ahead of Cork City. We are now ten points clear of Waterford who are third. Derry City are now fourth on 30 points ahead of St. Patrick’s Athletic on goal difference and Shamrock Rovers are sixth. Bohemians and Sligo are next with Limerick and opponents Bray Wanderers occupying the bottom two.
Who else is playing this weekend?
Bohemians vs Shamrock Rovers
Dundalk vs Bray Wanderers
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Cork City
Sligo Rovers vs Limerick
Waterford vs Derry City
How have we fared against Bray Wanderers this season?
We have had two difficult encounters against Bray Wanderers in 2018 and this will undoubtedly be the third. On the opening night we dominated possession however it ended in a 0-0 draw while in April at the Carlisle Grounds we rode our luck at times however goals from Hoban and John Mountney gave us a 2-0 win by the seaside.
Robert Harvey will take charge of this one with Wayne McDonnell and Mark Gavin acting as his assistants.
Stephen O’Donnell is ruled out with a broken leg and John Mountney is out for another two months with a knee medial problem. Sean Gannon is a few weeks away as he recovers from fractured ribs while Lithuanian international Karolis Chvedukas is back in training after his ankle injury however this match has come too soon for him.
Last 10 meetings with Bray Wanderers (All Competitions)
13.04.2018 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 0-2 Dundalk (Hoban 26, Mountney 90)
16.02.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 0-0 Bray Wanderers
13.10.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Duffy 87)
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)