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Team news vs Bohemians

First Team News
// 19 May 2019

No time to rest as we face Bohemians at Oriel Park on Monday evening.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. on Monday 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

Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the visit of Bohemians was goalkeeper Gary Rogers and he was pleased with the victory over Cork City on Friday evening.

“It was a good win for us on Friday. We played well when we needed to and it is always a difficult game in Cork.  We knew that going down there but the early goal helped.

“We go into each game to win every game and we it was an important win for us at Turners Cross. They are a good side but we are pleased with the win and the performance.”

The Meath native reflected on the last few weeks as the side have returned to form and is pleased with how the team are playing at the moment.

“We have had a good few weeks. We have started to get back to ourselves and we have been on a good run at the moment.

“We know we have to keep that going and we have had players come back into the team. It has been a good few weeks for us, we have put the wins together and we are happy with how we are playing.”

The league rolls on and we face Bohemians for the second time in 10 days with the net minder wary of the talent that the Gypsies possess.

“We will never get an easy game against Bohemians. They have shown their ability all season and they have had a great season to date.

“We played them last week so we know what to expect but hopefully we can keep our good form going, keep up our performances and get the result that we want.”

First Team Management View

Also speaking to dundalkfc.com was assistant Head Coach Ruaidhri Higgins and he was understandably pleased with the win over Cork City.

“It’s always nice to go to Cork and get the three points. It feels like a big victory for us. We are pleased with how we played.

“There’s a long way to go in the season but we are where we want to be in the table now and we want to push on from here with more good performances. “

The Derry native was full of praise for the current Lilywhites squad and feels everyone is playing their part in the current good form.

“We have a good squad to pick from with most of the injuries cleared up. We have a lot of good players and they have shown it over the past few weeks.

“We are in a good run of form, everyone is playing their part and we are delighted with the group. “

Higgins is expecting a difficult game tomorrow night against his former club but is confident that we can get the victory.

“It’s going to be a difficult game. We know how good Bohemians are and we will respect that but we are focused on ourselves.

“We are looking forward to the game and know what it will take to win but we are confident and hopefully we can get the three points.”

How did our match go on Friday?

We had a good win on Friday at Turners Cross. Dean Jarvis and John Mountney netted in a 2-0 win over Cork City despite Patrick Hoban missing a penalty and Mountney later receiving a red card for two yellow. The Lilywhites saw out the win.

Current Standings

We are just in front of Shamrock Rovers on goal difference with Bohemians and Derry City rounding off the top four. St. Patrick’s Athletic and Waterford are next ahead of Sligo Rovers and Cork City. UCD and Finn Harps remain in the bottom two spots however Harps have now risen above the Students.

We met Bohemians on six occasions last year…

We did…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. The final meeting was on the last day of the season at Dalymount Park which ended in a 1-1 draw. Daniel Cleary rescued a point for us after Dinny Corcoran had put Bohs in front.

We did play last week?

Yes, Friday May 10th we played and were 2-0 winners at Dalymount Park. Georgie Kelly and Sean Hoare found the net to give us all three points despite Chris Shields missing from the spot.

And we met at Oriel just a month ago too?

We did. A last minute Hoban penalty gave us a 1-0 win over the Gypsies after Daniel Kelly was fouled in the box.

Why are we playing this round now?

This match was due to take place between both of our Champions League qualifying legs and it has been moved forward to accommodate preparation as has the fixtures for Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic who are also in European action in July.

Referee

Rob Harvey is the man in charge on Monday evening with Wayne McDonnell and Mark Gavin as assistants. Paul McLaughlin is fourth official.

Team news

Robbie Benson is continuing his recovery from a broken leg and remains sidelined while Jamie McGrath is also out with a foot problem. Daniel Kelly will continued to be assessed after his knock and Sean Hoare is available after serving a one match ban on Friday. John Mountney misses out after receiving a one match ban for his red card on Friday night also.

Last 10 meetings with Bohemians (All Competitions)

10.05.2019 (LGE) Bohemians 0-2 Dundalk (G. Kelly 22, Hoare 79)

15.04.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Bohemians (Hoban pen 90)

26.10.2018 (LGE) Bohemians 1-1 Dundalk (Corcoran 23; Cleary 78)

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)