U-19s | Drogheda Preview
Dundalk FC Under-19s travel to United Park to take on Drogheda United FC in the Northern Elite Division.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks-off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening at United 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. We will provide you with pre-match, in play and post-match updates from the night’s action!
The young Lilywhites play their second game in six days on Wednesday evening when they take on their Louth rivals in the SSE Airtricity League. Ten members of Thursday’s Enda McGuill Cup winning squad were promoted to Stephen Kenny’s first team for their Leinster Senior Cup semi-final encounter on Tuesday night. Both games went to extra-time the UCD Bowl.
Manager Martin Connolly, says two difficult games in two days will present a physical, as well as fitness challenge for his players
Speaking to dundalkfc.com as we look ahead to the Louth derby, he said: “It’s a local derby and we’ll go out to do our best. I am very disappointed that the game is on at all considering the schedule that our players have had.
“Ten of them were involved in the Leinster Senior Cup, semi-final last night which went to extra-time and then the FAI want them to go out and play again 24 hours later. You wouldn’t treat animals like this and they are expecting 18-year olds to play two games in two days. I think it’s disgraceful and I don’t see any wisdom in it whatsoever.
“We have to fulfil the fixture and we will fulfil the fixture as best we can and I know that whatever team we put on the park will be determined to win a local derby.
“We need to win two games to qualify. We have a couple of games in the next few days and we need to win the pair of them but the two teams we are playing can qualify as well so they’re not going to be easy games.
“It’s Drogheda tonight and St. Pats on Saturday – no matter what happens, whether we go to the top four or the shield it has been an extremely successful year for the Under-19s with winning the Enda McGuill Cup last week.
“Ten of that team being involved in the Leinster Senior Cup last night with two players stepping up to score the fifth and sixth penalty – it was a great credit to Deane Watters and Adam Finnegan for doing that.
“I’m delighted for them, as I said before they’re a great bunch of kids. They are a credit to themselves, a credit to their parent and a credit to Dundalk FC and I hope every single one of them go on and be successful in everything they do.
“Winning the Enda McGuill Cup was a huge triumph for us and it means a lot. One of the officials called it our own cup because Enda was associated with Dundalk. The manner in which we won it was brilliant – to score with the last kick of the ball after 120 minutes.
“I think for the whole cup campaign the team have been very good. We had a really good win against Monaghan, Bray and then a fantastic victory 5-1 against Drogheda in United Park, we then went down to Cobh, which for a young team to go down to Cobh during the week, and the travel that’s involved in that, and then to come out with a 4-1 win and the goal that Jack O’Keeffe got to win it was superb.
“I think to be fair to our team they’ve been really good in the cup and I don’t think anybody within the league or who knows us would begrudge us winning that competition.”
How did we do last weekend?
Our Under-19s secured the Enda McGuill Cup for the first time against UCD AFC at the UCD Bowl on Thursday night.
David Dunne will take charge of this one at the UCD Bowl. He will be assisted by Ciaran Delaney and Oliver Moran.
Last 10 results (All competitions)
14.09.2017 (CUP) UCD AFC 1-2 Dundalk FC (AET)
09.09.2017 (LGE) Dundalk FC 0-2 Sligo Rovers FC
02.09.2017 (LGE) Longford Town FC 1-7 Dundalk FC
28.08.2017 (LGE) Dundalk FC 1-4 Bohemian FC
19.08.2017 (LGE) Finn Harps FC 1-2 Dundalk FC
15.08.2017 (CUP) Cobh Ramblers 1-4 Dundalk FC
12.08.2017 (LGE) Dundalk FC 4-0 Monaghan United Cavan FP
05.08.2017 (CUP) Drogheda United FC 1-5 Dundalk FC
22.07.2017 (LGE) Dundalk FC 3-1 Athlone Town FC
16.07.2017 (LGE) Shelbourne FC 1-1 Dundalk FC