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McGrath Expecting Typical Cork City Clash

First Team News
// 5 Sep 2019

Dundalk FC continued their winning ways on Monday evening with a 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Goals in either half from Dane Massey and Andy Boyle gave the champions all three points in what was an outstanding display in the west.

One of the star performers on the night was Jamie McGrath and he spoke to dundalkfc.com ahead of the visit of Cork City. He began by reflecting on what was a ‘dominant’ win over Sligo Rovers on Monday evening.

“I thought we were dominant for the entire match. From the get go we were excellent. We used the width of the pitch brilliantly and we were a threat our wide all night.

“It was a dominant display from us on the night. We went there to get the win and we were convincing in the end.

“We could have had more but we are delighted to get the three points and move on.”

The win means that the Lilywhites are on a 25 match domestic unbeaten run since their last defeat which happened to be against Sligo Rovers back in April.

Dundalk have gone on to set the pace at the top of the table and have sped 7 points clear of Shamrock Rovers who lie in second spot.

While the numbers are impressive, McGrath insists that the squad haven’t been taking any notice and are just focusing on the job at hand.

“It is cliché but we aren’t thinking about the run that we are on. It’s nice when you get told about it and hear about the games that we are unbeaten but we are focused on ourselves.

“We have a lot of games so we aren’t able to think of much else outside of that. We are just taking each game as it comes.

“We are into the busiest part of the season now so we are only looking to the next match and that has been the key to the run. “

Indeed there is very little time to rest and think about it the matches as we have another one tomorrow and Cork City are in town.

This fixture has been at the top of Irish football for the past five years and still generates national interest due to the nature of the rivalry.

Although the Leesiders aren’t fighting for the title this term, the Athboy native is looking forward to the clash and is expecting a typical encounter between the heavyweights.

“It’s going to be a normal Dundalk-Cork City match. They are always tough and feisty so we know what to expect when we come up against them

“It has been a classic fixture over the past few years and it is still the same. They are a good side and it’s not going to be easy for us.

“They will want to stop us so it’s going to be a tight game, it will be difficult but we are looking forward to it. We will have to be at our best and hopefully we can get the win. “