Dundalk will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at home to Sligo Rovers when they take on Finn Harps in Ballybofey in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday, May 13th at 5:45pm.
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The Lilywhites have slipped back into seventh place after another drop in form, with the loss last Friday coming on the back of a draw with strugglers Longford Town. A return to winning ways on Friday night could see Dundalk move back up to sixth if results go their way.
Harps are on a poor run of form themselves, having won just one of their last seven league games, including a 4-0 loss to Bohemians last time out. However, they still find themselves in fourth place and they will provide stiff competition for Dundalk, who they defeated at Oriel Park earlier this season.
Ryan O’Kane up against Ethan Boyle of Finn Harps in the game at Oriel Park earlier this season. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Venue: Oriel Park
Kick-off: 5:45 pm
Watch it: Live on WATCHLOI
Listen: LMFM and Dundalk FM
Sonni Nattestad and Sam Stanton are back in contention after recovering from groin and hamstring injuries respectively but Cameron Dummigan, Patrick Hoban, David McMillan and long-term absentee Brian Gartland miss out.
Last Time Out
Dundalk FC 0-1 Sligo Rovers
Team v Sligo Rovers
Peter Cherrie; Raivis Jurkovskis, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Val Adedokun; Chris Shields (Patrick McEleney 66), Wilfried Zahibo; Han Jeongwoo (Daniel Kelly 55), Seán Murray, Michael Duffy; Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Ole Erik Midtskogen 81). Subs Not Used: Alessio Abibi (GK), Greg Sloggett, Darragh Leahy, Enda Douglas, Ryan O’Kane, Jesus Perez.
Sonni Nattestad. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile
Jim Magilton Quotes
“We trained on Wednesday and the players were bang at it and there was a real intensity in their play on Thursday morning but when we step over that white line on Friday night in Ballybofey we need to show real mettle and character.
“We need to win the individual battles against Finn Harps because they are going to ask serious questions and the other thing is we have to show that we care. The fans are upset and we have to show, in our performance, that we care – and I know the players do.”
Sonni Nattestad Quotes
“I picked an injury up when I was with the national team. I was in the gym for a month and a half and I got some good help from the physios and I’ve been back on the pitch for the past week so I feel good and ready to go again.
“It’s not fun to sit in the stand and see your team losing or dropping points. All of us know we have to do better and if I play on Friday night I will try to help the team as much as I can.”
Referee: Neil Doyle
Assistant 1: Darragh Keegan
Assistant 2: Chris Campbell
Fourth Official: Dave Dunne
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