Dundalk head to Dalymount Park to do battle with Bohemians in series 31 of the SSE Airtricity League on Friday night.
Dundalk go into the clash in the best form that they have been in all season and were 1-0 winners over reigning champions Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park last week. Sean Murray’s first half strike gave Vinny Perth’s men a fully deserved three points.
The win lifted the side up to sixth in the table and looking upwards with a key period in the season ongoing – we continue the defence of our FAI Cup with a semi-final clash against St. Patrick’s Athletic next Friday.
Competition: SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Date: Friday, October 15th, 2021
Venue: Dalymount Park
Watch it: LOITV.ie
This is the fourth meeting between the sides this season with the potential for one more to come.
The first came back in April at Oriel with a Georgie Kelly penalty the difference as Bohemians took a 1-0 win.
The second was in Dalymount back in May with Bohemians winning 5-1 thanks to a Kelly hat-trick and strikes from Promise Omochere and Tyreke Wilson. Greg Sloggett got a consolation for the Lilywhites.
The most recent clash was just over two weeks ago at Oriel in what was a thrilling where Dundalk were 2-1 winners with Sam Stanton’s first goal from the club added to by Patrick Hoban to give the win with Wilson grabbing one for Bohs.
The Lilywhites go into the match on the back of a six match unbeaten run in all competitions and a win would mean that the side go level on points with opponents Bohemians in fifth.
Bohemians have three wins from their last six in all competitions and have two wins from the last five in the league with Keith Long’s men sitting fifth in the table.
Bohs have just one win at home in their last four matches with that win coming back in July against Sligo and they have a home FAI Cup semi-final against Waterford to come next week.
Sonni Nattestad returns from international duty as does Raivis Jurkovskis however the Latvian misses out due to suspension after an accumulation of five yellow cards. As does Cameron Dummigan with both serving a one match ban. Patrick McEleney, and Brian Gartland are out through long-term problems however in good news Daniel Kelly and David McMillan both return to the squad following their injuries.
The game will be broadcast live on LOI TV.
Referee: Damien MacGraith
Assistants: Dermot Broughton and Darragh Keegan
Fourth Official: Oliver Moran