All four of the Dundalk FC Academy teams are in action this weekend with each of the sides competing in crucial fixtures.
U17: Klub Kildare vs Dundalk FC
Saturday, October 9th, 2pm – Tougher Park
Dundalk FC U17s extended their unbeaten run to four games in midweek with a superb 4-1 win away to St Patrick’s Athletic in midweek, a result which saw them jump back up to third in the league table.
A win here for the Lilywhites could see them leapfrog Louth rivals Drogheda United and take second place in the league, depending on Drogs’ result away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
Klub Kildare come into this game having been defeated 3-0 away to Bohemians last weekend, but a win here could also see them rise to second in the table depending on Drogheda’s result.
This will undoubtedly be a very tight fixture, but one that Dundalk will be desperate to win and continue their recent good form.
Team vs Derry City: Kayle Wajsczcuk, Ryan Boyle, Craig Moore, Sean Bannon, Anthony Mayo, Tadhg Walsh, Senan Mullen, Oisin Coleman, Josh Hand, Dualta Honney, Jack Watters. Subs: Jamie Ryan, Cathal O’Reilly, Donnacha McNamara, Eoin Kenny, Callum Bonner, Oisin McBride, Stefan Ugbesia, Thomas Galvin, Ethan Sousa.
Waterford FC U17 1-2 Dundalk FC U17
Dundalk FC U17 1-1 Derry City U17
St Patrick’s Athletic U17 1-4 Dundalk FC U17
U14: Dundalk FC vs Finn Harps
Saturday, October 9th, 2pm – Oriel Park
The top two sides in the U14 Shield Group A go head to head in the final game of the group as Dundalk host Finn Harps on Saturday afternoon.
Dundalk go into the game having won two of their three group games, including a dominant 8-1 win over Cavan Monaghan in their last game, but currently sit in second place, two points off the leaders.
Finn Harps sit top of the group, having won all three of their games to this point, with their last match resulting in a 5-0 win over Drogheda United last week.
With both sides managing to score a whopping sixteen goals in three games, this game is sure to contain some quality attacking play on both sides, in a match neither side can afford to lose.
Team vs Cavan Monaghan: Graham Donner, Caimin Hughes, Boris Biekhou, Rhys O’Hare, Cian Spaight, Danny Putnam, Lashawn Lombard, Runako Sweetman, Niko Lovrenkovic, Cian Murphy. Subs: Eanna Curran, Jayden Clarke, Conall Duffy, Conall Alfred, Calum Reilly.
Shelbourne U14 2-2 Dundalk FC U14
Drogheda United U14 1-6 Dundalk FC U14
Dundalk FC U14 8-1 Cavan Monaghan U14
U15: Dundalk FC vs Drogheda United
Sunday, October 10th, 2pm – Oriel Park
Another side heading into their final group game this weekend, Dundalk FC U15s host Drogheda United at Oriel Park on Saturday looking for a first win of the group to take second spot in the Shield Group A.
The Lilywhites come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Cabinteely in mid-September. Having prepared for this game over the past three weeks, they will be hopeful of putting all that training into practice against a Drogheda side who are also yet to win in the group.
Drogs come into the game on the back of a 9-1 defeat away to Bray Wanderers last month, a result they will want to put out of their minds as they enter this Louth derby at the end of their season. A win for Drogheda could see them jump from bottom of the group to second depending on other results, so this is sure to be a fiercely competitive game on both sides.
Team vs Cabinteely: Thomas Brady, Luke Povall, Ben Miller, Tom McLoughlin, Kevin Teather, Damien Balsic, Jack O’Flaherty, Cathal Corcoran, Jake Hough, Sam Case, Dino Costin. Subs: Daniel Inveschenko, Kuba Layton, Ryan Kelly, Luke Alison, Jack O’Neill, Adam Mullins.
Bray Wanderers U15 3-1 Dundalk FC U15
Cavan Monaghan U15 1-1 Dundalk FC U15
Dundalk FC U15 1-1 Cabinteely U15
U19: Dundalk FC vs Finn Harps
Sunday, October 10th – Oriel Park
The final academy game of the weekend sees the Dundalk FC U19s host Finn Harps at Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon in a top of the group clash in the U19 Shield Group A.
This is the second meeting between the sides in this group, with Finn Harps coming out the winners at Finn Park last month.
Dundalk have gone on a three-game unbeaten run since that defeat, including impressive 2-0 wins over Cabinteely and Drogheda United in recent weeks. A win for the Lilywhites here could see them leapfrog Harps and take top spot in the group with three games to go.
Finn Harps remain unbeaten in the group to date, winning three of their four games. They come into this game with back-to-back wins against Drogheda United and Cabinteely. A win for Harps could see them extend their lead at the top of the table depending on other results in the group.
This final game of the weekend is sure to be a tight affair, with plenty of quality on display between both sides.
Team vs Drogheda United: Jamie Barry, Michael Keyes (Fionn Kenny 75), Enda Douglas, Jack Kavanagh, Brandon Holt, Liam McNamee, Ronan Kilkenny (Cathal O’Reilly 60), Jeff Nwodo, Ryan O’Kane (David Doyle 60), Ebuka Kwelele (Ryan Kinahan 75), Mark Hanratty.
Dundalk FC U19 1-1 Bray Wanderers U19
Dundalk FC U19 2-0 Cabinteely U19
Drogheda United U19 0-2 Dundalk FC U19