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Match Press Kit: Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers

First Team News
// 1 May 2011

dundalkfc.com has put together an extensive 21-page Match Press Kit previewing the 173rd league meeting of Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, which takes place at Oriel Park on May Bank Holiday Monday (kick-off 2pm). 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 put their opening-day defeat behind them.

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Dundalk FC manager Ian Foster says the personnel available to him will “dictate” his approach to the visit of Rovers and he admitted that if eight players are absent through injury then “it could be a difficult game for us”.

Injury woes
The Lilywhites were already without Greg Bolger, Stephen Maher, Eoghan Osborne, Shane Guthrie and Dean Bennett, and Colin Hawkins, Daniel Kearns and Jason Byrne could be added to that list when the current champions and league leaders roll into town. The fitness of the latter quintet was set to be assessed at Sunday morning’s training session, and Foster was playing a wait-and-see approach before finalising tactics.

Light load
“I think, first and foremost, we have to see what we’ve got available,” Foster told dundalkfc.com. “Myself and Darius (Kierans) had spoken about a system and approach to the game that we thought might suit us on Monday. However, we’re going to be dictated to by personnel and at the moment we’re very light on personnel. We’ll have to assess where we go with regards to the Shamrock Rovers game on Sunday morning when we train, see how the lads are and go from there.

Round pegs
“Unfortunately, we’re down to a situation where we’re a little bit round pegs in square holes,” he added, “so we’re going to have to be careful with what we do. We’ll assess it on Sunday and try to pick a team that we think can get a result against Shamrock Rovers.” Asked if he would be content with a point to continue the club’s unbeaten home record, the only remaining one in the Premier Division, Foster said: “We’re always trying to win games, but we’ve got to pay Shamrock Rovers respect.

Fitness aim
“They’re the champions,” he continued, “they’re top of the league, they’ve got themselves into a cup final, as have we, and we know that they have got some fantastic, wonderfully-gifted players. We know that we can match them. We’ve hopefully just got to get one or two players fit and ready for the game on Monday. If we do, I’ll fancy us to be competitive. If we don’t, it could be a difficult game for us.”