Match Press Kit: Dundalk v Cliftonville
dundalkfc.com has put together an extensive 14-page Match Press Kit previewing the deciding leg of Dundalk’s Setanta Sports Cup semi-final tie against Cliftonville, which takes place at Oriel Park on Monday evening (kick-off 7.45pm). The kit includes a statistical review of the clubs’ respective seasons to date, with all the necessary facts and figures, as the Lilywhites look to make it to their first cup final since 2002.
Click to Download
Dundalk v Cliftonville Match Press Kit
On Monday, Dundalk will again be without long-term injury victims Greg Bolger (thigh strain), Stephen Maher (torn groin muscles) and Eoghan Osborne (broken leg), while Shane Guthrie (blurred vision and concussion) will also miss out. Dean Bennett was subbed in the first half of the 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers on Friday night having “felt” his hamstring, with the midfielder considered “a doubt”. The Lilywhites go into the game with Ross Gaynor, Keith Ward, Daniel Kearns, Simon Madden and Peter Cherrie all on yellow cards, meaning another caution against Cliftonville would rule them out of the final on Saturday 14 May should the Louth club progress. Bolger and Guthrie, incidentally, would also have carried yellow cards into the game.
However, manager Ian Foster says he has no choice but to field a full-strength team despite holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at Solitude a fortnight ago. “We’re just not in a position to rotate because of the amount of bodies we’re missing,” the 34-year-old told dundalkfc.com. “There are seven players going into the game on a yellow. In fairness, Bolger and Guthrie are two of those and neither one of those boys will be involved on Monday. We still have five players going into the game on yellows, but we’re not in a position to rotate or rest. We don’t have that privilege at the moment at the football club. I think my players will give me an honest performance. If they get booked and they potentially miss a cup final, the fact that they’ve got us there will be the pleasing thing. We can’t leave Cherrie, Madden, Kearns, Gaynor and Ward all out. It’s an impossibility because we haven’t got the players to come in.”