Presidents Cup Team News
The season is almost here and we have the curtain raiser at Oriel Park, the President’s Cup, between Dundalk and Cork City.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the time of 2 p.m. on Sunday at Oriel and if you can’t make it then we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on twitter, Dundalk FC on facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. We will provide you with pre-match, in play and post-match updates from the day’s action!
Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers believes that their habit of coming from behind in pre-season is ‘a good habit to have’. Speaking to dundalkfc.com after the win over Brentford on Wednesday, Rogers is looking to keep clean sheets during the competitive action.
“It was a good game. They played well, especially first half, and it was disappointing to concede, but it’s obviously important that if you do concede, you come back.
“We’ve done that a few times this pre-season and it’s a good habit to have. A better habit would be keeping clean sheets, but that will come and hopefully pretty soon.”
The Bohermeen native is impressed with the make up of the squad so far and believes it bodes well for the 2018 campaign.
“The squad looks great. It’s really exciting and the players that have come in are fantastic additions to the squad. We’ve got really good competition for starting positions and that’s what we’ve had here over the last few years when we’ve been successful.
“Overall the squad looks very strong and we can’t wait to get going.”
Last week the Lilywhites were in Spain for a training camp and Rogers thinks it was the perfect preparation for the new season.
“It was really good. It’s good to get away and for the lads to get to know each other a little bit more, especially for the new lads coming into the group.
“You get time to do a bit of extra stuff on the training pitch and we had two good games over there as well, which really set us up nicely for the start of the season.”
The pre-season campaign rounds off on Sunday with the Presidents Cup at Oriel Park and while he is hopeful of a victory, the net minder believes it will act as a good gauge as to where the side are heading into the season opener against Bray Wanderers on Friday week.
“Everyone’s really looking forward to Sunday’s game. We obviously want to put in a good performance against Cork and it will be a really good indication of where we’re at for the season.
“We’ve had a really good pre-season. We’ve played well against some good opposition. If we can go into the Cork game and pick up a win there it would set us up nicely for Bray at home and the start of the league season. We’re looking forward to getting going.”
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the Presidents Cup clash manager Stephen Kenny feels that pre-season has gone well to date.
“I think pre-season has gone well. It has been a common theme in pre-season that we have gone a goal down. We will have to eradicate that but we have come back and won regularly. That’s a good trait to have to come back and win like that.
“I wouldn’t be too focused on the results in pre-season. We had players who needed to play more games and get their match fitness up which we have done that.
“There’s still room for improvement overall I feel and the more games they play the better we will get. ”
The boss reiterated that while preparation is geared entirely to the league start next Friday, Sunday is a good game for all.
“It’s all about getting ourselves ready for the first league game against Bray Wanderers next Friday but Sunday is a good game to be involved
It’s another match for us and it’s going to be very competitive against Cork City and we are looking forward to it.”
This is our fourth Presidents Cup in a row…
It is and we won the first one against St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2015 at Oriel Park however suffered consecutive defeats at Turner’s Cross to Cork City in 2016 and 2017.
What happened last time we met?
We suffered defeat in a penalty shootout to Cork City in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final in November after the game had finished 1-1 at the AVIVA Stadium.
What happened last time in the league?
It finished 1-1 as well at Turner’s Cross in September last time in the league with a Brian Gartland own goal giving the Leesiders the lead however Robbie Benson struck late to level.
How has our pre-season gone?
We finished off our friendly schedule on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Brentford B. The Lilywhites played two matches in Spain against Shanghai Shenxin and FC Seoul with the first match ending in a 1-1 draw and the second in a 1-0 win thanks to a spectacular Michael Duffy overhead kick. The schedule opened with successive wins at Oriel Park against Cabinteely and Drogheda United which has led us to the President’s Cup.
Dundalk will be without the services of Stephen O’Donnell (calf), John Mountney (knee) and Patrick Hoban (thigh) for the visit of Cork. However Dean Jarvis, Brian Gartland and Robbie Benson all come back into contention having missed Wednesday’s victory over Brentford B.
Last 10 meetings with Cork City (All competitions)
05.11.2017 (FCUP) Dundalk 1-1 Cork City
25.09.2017 (LGE) Cork City 1-1 Dundalk (Gartland og 20; Benson 87)
02.06.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-3 Cork City (Maguire 19, 71, 90)
25.03.2017 (LGE) Cork City 2-1 Dundalk (Sheppard 22, 37; McMillan 73)
17.02.2017 (PRC) Cork City 3-0 Dundalk (Maguire 15, O’Connor 68, Sheppard 90)
06.11.2016 (FCUP)Cork City 1-0 Dundalk (Maguire 120)
11.10.2016 (LGE)Dundalk 2-1 Cork City (McNulty og 7, Horgan 36; O’Sullivan 56)
03.06.2016 (LGE)Cork City 1-0 Dundalk (Dooley 26)
18.03.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 0-1 Cork City (Maguire pen 68)
27.02.2016 (PRC) Cork City 2-0 Dundalk (Holohan 20, Maguire 61)
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