Dundalk will be hopeful of picking up a win in Vinny Perth’s first match back at the helm when Longford Town visit Oriel Park on Friday, June 18th at 7:45pm.
The match will be streamed live on LOITV.ie. The club’s coverage gets underway at 7pm with the first public screening of the first episode of Dundalk FC: Days Like This which looks back at the club’s 1981 FAI Cup final win over Sligo Rovers.
The Lilywhites go into the game on the back of a hugely disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Waterford last Friday, a result that left Dundalk third from bottom, with 17 points from 15 games.
Fans and players alike will be hoping that Perth’s first game in charge since the Champions League first qualifying round against NK Celje last August results in three points, and a subsequent upturn in form, as the Lilywhites hope to push towards the European places.
Longford Town are currently in the midst of a 14-game winless run, with their only victory this season coming against Derry City on the opening day. The Midlanders have lost their last five league games, with their last point also coming again against the Candystripes in a 1-1 draw in early May.
Daire Doyle’s side currently sits 10 points behind the Lilywhites after 15 games, scoring just 10 times and conceding 28, the second-worst record in the division. However, they earned a draw in the reverse fixture between the sides at the start of May at Bishopsgate when a late Chris Shields goal snatched a point for the Lilywhites.
Competition: SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Date: Friday, June 18th, 2021
Venue: Oriel Park
Kick-off: 7:45 pm
Watch it: Live on LOITV.ie
Listen: LMFM and Dundalk FM
Chris Shields returns after serving a one-game suspension while Raivis Jurkovskis is also back in contention after returning from international duty but David McMillan is doubtful after pulling out of the Waterford game with a strain. Wilfried Zahibo is in quarantine after playing for the Central African Republic in their recent friendly double-header against Rwanda while long-term absentees Daniel Cleary and Brian Gartland remain sidelined.
Last Time Out
Dundalk FC 1-3 Waterford FC
Team vs Waterford
Alessio Abibi; Cameron Dummigan, Andy Boyle, Sonni Nattestad, Val Adedokun; Patrick McEleney (Jesus Perez 89), Greg Sloggett (Sean Murray 75), Sam Stanton, Michael Duffy; Ole Erik Midtskogen (Daniel Kelly 65), Patrick Hoban. Subs not used: Peter Cherrie (GK), Darragh Leahy, Ryan O’Kane, Mark Hanratty, Han Jeongwoo.