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Team news vs Bohemians

First Team News
// 14 Apr 2019

We are back at home tomorrow evening and we welcome Bohemians to Oriel Park in a re-arranged fixture from series 7 of the SSE Airtricity League.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. Monday 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!

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Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the game goalkeeper Gary Rogers admitted his disappointment at how the game went in Sligo on Friday.

“We were disappointed with how things went on Friday. The start we had wasn’t great and we were on the backfoot from there.

“We battled well to get back into it but we didn’t create enough clear cut opportunities to get anything from the game. We had chances in the first half to get something but it didn’t happen.”

“It’s disappointing but we will move on and try get back on track. It’s always a difficult venue to go to, playing Sligo is always tough as we have found out before. “

Rogers is pleased that we have a game so soon after to make amends and feels that the current run of form will turn soon.

“We didn’t do enough on the night and that is how it went. We have had a good record there but Friday was frustrating and not a good night for us but we have a game quickly to put things right.

“We haven’t got the results that we have wanted and it’s tough at the moment but better to have that now than later on in the season. We just need to get the results that we need and that will happen soon.”

Attention is on Bohemians now and the 37 year-old is anticipating a tough encounter at Oriel Park but is determined to ensure that the Lilywhites take all three points.

“We have a game to rectify thing against Bohemians. They have had a fantastic start to the season. They are on a high at the moment.

“They will be tough for us and they will be confident coming to Oriel but we want to get back to winning ways, we have been good at home and the aim for Monday is to get the three points. “

What happened on Friday evening?

We suffered our second defeat in succession as we lost 2-1 to Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds. Romeo Parkes gave the hosts the lead before Patrick Hoban equalised from the penalty spot. Dante Leverock netted the winner just before the break.

This fixture was supposed to take place a few weeks ago…

Correct. It was due to take place at Oriel on March 22nd but it was postponed due to international call ups for Bohemians.

We are in a busy run..

Yes…after tomorrow evening we have Finn Harps on Friday and UCD next Monday. Then we welcome Shamrock Rovers to Oriel before heading to Waterford the following Monday and then back home to face Derry City. So yeah…a busy few weeks!

Current Standings

Shamrock Rovers continue to lead the way ahead of opponents Bohemians. Derry City are third ahead of ourselves, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City come next. Waterford and Sligo Rovers follow. UCD and Finn Harps occupy the bottom two places.

We met Bohemians on six occasions last year…

We did…we met at Oriel back in March weeks ago and were 3-0 winners on the night. Hoban, Sean Gannon and Duffy netted in a comfortable win on Good Friday. We met then twice in May, first in the EA SPORTS Cup quarter-final and we were once again 3-0 winners with Dylan Connolly grabbing a brace and Jamie McGrath netting the third as we advanced to the last 4. Then in the league at Dalymount we were 2-0 winners. Goals in either half from Hoban and Sean Hoare sealed the win. The most recent meeting and fourth of the year came at the beginning of June in the Leinster Senior Cup fourth at Oriel and we were 3-1 winners. JJ Lunney had given Bohs the lead however second half goals from Ronan Murray, Sam Byrne and Krisztián Adorján gave the Lilywhites a win. The last meeting between us was in July when goals either side of half-time from Hoare and Hoban secured another 2-0 win at Oriel Park. The final meeting was on the last day of the season at Dalymount Park which ended in a 1-1 draw. Daniel Cleary rescued a point for us after Dinny Corcoran had put Bohs in front.

Referee

Tomas Connolly will be the man in charge and it will be the second time he has refereed us this season after being the man in the middle for our win over UCD back in February. Wayne McDonnell and Robert Clarke will assist him while Paul Tuite will act as fourth official.

Team news

Robbie Benson is ruled out with a broken leg once more while Patrick McEleney has stepped up his recovery from a broken metatarsal however he isn’t ready to return to action just yet. Chris Shields is also not ready for a return and Sean Murray joins the injured list after Friday. Sean Hoare will undergo a late fitness test.

Last 10 meetings with Bohemians (All Competitions)

26.10.2018 (LGE) Bohemians 1-1 Dundalk (Corcoran 23; Cleary 78)

29.07.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-0 Bohemians (Hoare 31, Hoban 51)

05.06.2018 (LSC) Dundalk 3-1 Bohemians (Murray 69,  Byrne 81, Adorján 84; Lunney pen 26)

18.05.2018 (LGE) Bohemians 0-2 Dundalk (Hoban 4, Hoare 83)

08.05.2018 (LCUP) Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians (Connolly 7, 21, McGrath 89)

30.03.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians (Hoban 24, Gannon 31, Duffy 90)

20.10.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-1 Bohemians (Akinade 44)

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)