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Team news vs Bohemians

First Team News
// 25 Oct 2018

We are on the road for the final time this season as we travel to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians in round 36 and concluding match of the campaign.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. Friday evening at Oriel Park 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 evening’s action!

Player View

Dundalk centre-half Sean Hoare reflected on lifting the league trophy and hailed it as a ‘great feeling’ and speaking to dundalkfc.com he looked back on the season and is pleased that the side have kept up their momentum in the last few weeks.

“It felt like it was a long time coming. We celebrated the league two weeks ago when we won it against Pat’s. It was a great feeling to finally get our hands on the trophy.

“We really started off well on Friday. Our aim was to get the points total and we already had got our goal record but we wanted to go further and add to that as well. It was good to get those and we wanted to keep our momentum going so it was great to do that. ”

The season isn’t finished yet with the FAI Cup final to come in 12 days time but the Dublin native has been intent on keeping the standards up and pointed to the final and league win as reasons why he came to Oriel Park ahead of last season.

“We have the FAI Cup to come as well and we can’t be flat until the final so we have to keep our standards up and everyone is fighting for a spot in the final which is driving up competition.

“It is why I came here – to win trophies and have league medals. It is a step in the right direction and hopefully it is the first of many. I have come here to win things and it has been a great season. We want to win more.”

Looking back on the disappointment of not claiming the league title in 2017, the 24 year-old feels that it was a bedding in period to an extent but believes it operated as a learning curve to greater things in this campaign.

“Last year was disappointing for us. We had a lot of new players and it took a while for us to settle and bed in. Cork were flying too and they didn’t lose a game in 20 so it was tough to claw that back.

“That was a stepping stone for this season and we used it as motivation. The results have spoken for themselves and we have been brilliant this year.

“We have been setting records as a team, we will look back on them in a few years but they are great to get and we want to do more.

“We know that Bohemians will be a difficult game and we want to finish the season on a high. Hopefully we can get the win and take it into next weekend.”

Manager View

Also speaking to dundalkfc.com was manager Stephen Kenny and he is intent on carrying the current form into the FAI Cup Final with a win on Friday evening.

Bohemians have been in excellent form in the second half of the season. They have finished the season in superb form. They have played very well and have got some great results over the past few weeks.

From our point of view, we want to finish the season with a win. We are in good form at the moment and we want to keep that going into the FAI Cup Final.

Current Standings

We have been confirmed as champions and are 12 points ahead of Cork City going into the final weekend. Shamrock Rovers are third and Waterford fourth. Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic are next ahead of Derry City and Sligo Rovers. Bray Wanderers have been relegated in last place with Limerick just above them and enter the promotion/relegation playoff against Finn Harps next week.

2017 v Bohemians

We met Bohemians on 3 occasions in 2017 – winning two and losing the other. We were winners in the first two – 2-0 at Oriel Park with Duffy and David McMillan striking and a last gasp Ciaran Kilduff header was the difference between the sides in the summer meeting at Dalymount Park. The Gypsies were 1-0 winners at Oriel in the final meeting in what proved to be a dead rubber match with Izzy Akinade finding the net.

This is remarkably our sixth meeting in 2018 with Bohs…

It is…we met at Oriel back in March weeks ago and were 3-0 winners on the night. Hoban, Sean Gannon and Duffy netted in a comfortable win on Good Friday. We met then twice in May, first in the EA SPORTS Cup quarter-final and we were once again 3-0 winners with Dylan Connolly grabbing a brace and Jamie McGrath netting the third as we advanced to the last 4. Then in the league at Dalymount we were 2-0 winners. Goals in either half from Hoban and Sean Hoare sealed the win. The most recent meeting and fourth of the year came at the beginning of June in the Leinster Senior Cup fourth at Oriel and we were 3-1 winners. JJ Lunney had given Bohs the lead however second half goals from Ronan Murray, Sam Byrne and Krisztián Adorján gave the Lilywhites a win. The last meeting between us was in July when goals either side of half-time from Hoare and Hoban secured another 2-0 win at Oriel Park.

Team news

Robbie Benson is ruled out with a leg injury and Karolis Chvedukas is recovering from ankle surgery.

Last 10 meetings with Bohemians (All Competitions)

29.07.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-0 Bohemians (Hoare 31, Hoban 51)

05.06.2018 (LSC) Dundalk 3-1 Bohemians (Murray 69,  Byrne 81, Adorján 84; Lunney pen 26)

18.05.2018 (LGE) Bohemians 0-2 Dundalk (Hoban 4, Hoare 83)

08.05.2018 (LCUP) Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians (Connolly 7, 21, McGrath 89)

30.03.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians (Hoban 24, Gannon 31, Duffy 90)

20.10.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-1 Bohemians (Akinade 44)

05.07.2017 (LGE) Bohemians 0-1 Dundalk (Kilduff 88)

21.04.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 2-0 Bohemians (McMillan 9, Duffy 66)

23.10.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Bohemians (Boyle 15, Gartland 64; Quigley pen 29)

01.09.2016 (LGE) Bohemians 1-2 Dundalk (Byrne 67; Gartland 24, Mountney 65)