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Hoare Looking Forward To Cork Clash

First Team News
// 4 Sep 2019

Dundalk extended their lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity League on Monday evening with a 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Goals in either half from defensive duo Dane Massey and Andy Boyle gave the Lilywhites a hard earned three points in the west.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after the victory was Boyle’s defensive partner Sean Hoare and he was understandably delighted with the win and hailed the ‘professional’ performance that the champions put in.

“It was a great win for us on Monday in Sligo. It’s a slippery week for us and we knew going into the two games that winning both would give us a good bit of breathing space,” said Hoare.

“It was a professional performance from us on Monday. Scoring early in both halves was what we wanted to do. We were able to do that and secured the points.

“It’s never easy going away to Sligo and they have been in good form so to win like we did is pleasing.”

The Lilywhites are in the midst of a hectic fixture schedule with the two games in hand that we held over Shamrock Rovers taking place this week.

We play Cork City before travelling to Waterford for the FAI Cup quarter-final on Monday and the past few weeks with Friday-Monday on the schedule being regular.

Not that that bothers Hoare who admits that once we maintain our winning ways that everyone is happy within the squad.

“It’s an intense fixture schedule but that’s the way you want to be and at a club like this it is the norm. We don’t get to work on much on the training pitch, we just constantly seem to be preparing for games,” he said.

“We aren’t training much but that is fine. Everyone is needed especially at this time of year and we are seeing a lot of each other but once we are winning everyone is happy. ”

It has been well documented the difficulties that the side had earlier in the season including a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers at the same venue back in April.

Romeo Parkes and Dante Leverock gave the Bit o’Red the victory on that occasion and that was the last time that Vinny Perth’s men were defeated domestically.

25 matches have passed since that night and the Dubliner feels that everyone is in a better place.

“You don’t even think of the games unbeaten. You see it mentioned online and that but we aren’t talking about it. We had a bad time in Sligo back in April and everyone knows about that,” said Hoare.

“To go on the run that we have since that night, all the matches that we have played and won since then…we are in a far better place now than we were then.”

With the schedule as it is, we are in action again on Friday evening and should we avoid defeat we will stretch our lead at the summit for the second time this week.

The rivalry is still strong between Dundalk and Cork City and Hoare is looking forward to locking horns once again with the Leesiders but warned that it won’t be easy at Oriel on Friday.

“No matter how Cork City are going they will always up it against us. The rivalry is still there and it’s going to be a very tough game for us. They are a good side and have a new manager,” said Hoare.

“They haven’t had the best of seasons but that doesn’t matter when both of us come up against each other. They will be coming to Oriel Park to put in a performance, they will be trying to get one over on us.

“We will have to be ready but we know what to expect. It’ll be a difficult game for us but we are playing well and looking forward to it.”