Dundalk Draw Monaghan United in League Cup
Dundalk FC manager Ian Foster is hoping to “right a few of the wrongs” of last year’s League Cup semi-final loss to Monaghan United, after the clubs were paired in the second round of this season’s competition in Wednesday’s draw.
Listen to Ian’s full reaction below.
The Lilywhites will return to the scene of last August’s 1-0 defeat by Monaghan in the last four, Foster’s side falling to a late Cathal O’Connor strike at Gortakeegan. And Foster’s only grievance was that his side were handed an away draw. Dundalk had come through difficult assignments against Sporting Fingal and Waterford United before losing to Monaghan, who were narrowly defeated by Sligo Rovers in the final. And now the Louth club must return to the Ulster ground, where they have not won a competitive match since July 2006, seven visits ago.
“I’m disappointed that we’re not at home,” Foster told dundalkfc.com. “I think that’s the only thing you can ask for. We knew that it was either going to be Monaghan, Bohs or Shelbourne, so we knew it was going to be a tough game. But we’ll try to go to Monaghan and get through to the next round. It’s not an easy place to go; we know that from the disappointment of losing the semi-final last year. Hopefully, we can go to Gortakeegan this season and address that.” Asked if he would make the short trip north looking for revenge, the 34-year-old said: “I think we’ll have to take each game on its merits. We have an awful lot of football this month.
“It will depend on how we’re doing in other competitions as to how strongly we treat this competition,” Ian added. “The injuries that we’ve sustained over the last few days, we’ll have to just take stock and see where we are with regards to how serious we take this competition. Having said that, I always like to win every game we go into. We’ll have to see where we are come the end of April, but it’s a chance for those who played there last season to right a few of the wrongs that happened on the night. We’ll do our homework; we’ll treat the game with the respect it deserves. We’ll have them scouted. I’ll watch them myself if the opportunity comes up that I can do. We always work extremely hard on the opposition and make sure that players and everybody else is well drilled on how they play, where their threats come from, what their weaknesses might be, and Monaghan United will be no different.”
The Lilywhites will travel to Gortakeegan on Monday 25 April. Kick-off TBC.
The draw for the EA SPORTS Cup Second Round in full:
Pool 1: Limerick v Tralee Dynamos or Waterford United; Wexford Youths v Cork City.
Pool 2: Cockhill Celtic v Sligo Rovers; Derry City v Mervue United.
Pool 3: Drogheda United v UCD; St Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers.
Pool 4: Monaghan United v Dundalk; Shelbourne v Bohemians
All ties are scheduled for Monday 25 April 2011. The winners of each tie progress to an open draw at the quarter-final stage.