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Team news vs Bohemians

First Team News
// 17 May 2018

We are on the road again on Friday as we travel to Dalymount Park to take on Bohemians in series 18 of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at the later time of 7.45 p.m. on Friday evening at Dalymount 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 ahead of the trip to Dublin winger Michael Duffy reflected to dundalkfc.com on what was an important win for the Lilywhites over Derry City.

“It was a massive game for us on Monday night and we put in a brilliant performance at the Brandywell. It was a good win for us. We wanted to go and get a big result against one of the teams around us away from home and we did that.

“I thought everyone was great on the night and I was delighted to score myself. We are buzzing. It was a good weekend for us. We performed well, we were able to get the win after falling behind which is important.

“Derry City are a good side and we haven’t gone behind many times this year but we showed a different side to ourselves, we showed good character and got a good win.”

Duffy won his first SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month and he was understandably pleased to pick up the award.

“It’s a huge honour for me. It was the first time I won it. I am buzzing to get the award. I think I am playing well at the minute and I am enjoying my football. I have got a few goals and I want to get more.

“The award is nice but it’s about helping the team and helping everyone get to where we want to go. I want to get as many goals and assists as I can. I want to keep enjoying my football and hopefully we can keep winning.”

There’s no time to rest in the schedule with Bohemians up next and the 23 year-old is expecting a difficult game at Dalymount but is confident of picking up another three points.

“Bohemians are a good side and they have got a couple of good results recently. It’s always a difficult one against them but we are in good form and playing well. It’s a tough schedule playing Friday-Monday but we are used to it.

“We want to go to Dalymount and put in another good performance on the night. We are playing well I feel so if we go and play as well as we can then hopefully we can get another win which is what we want.”

Manager View

Also speaking to dundalkfc.com was manager  Stephen Kenny and he had some bad news on the injury front regarding John Mountney however was full of praise for the players and their attitude.

“We have been dealt a huge blow with the news that John Mountney has been ruled out with a high grade medial knee ligament injury. It means that he is out for the next 6-8 weeks.

“The four serious injuries we got have been all impact injuries. Sean Gannon broken ribs, Stephen O’Donnell broken leg, Karolis Chvedukas has a complicated ankle injury and now John with the medial knee injury.

“It has been challenging for the team. We have had a lot of things go against us this season but the players have responded brilliantly. They have shown the right attitude.”

Kenny feels that his Lilywhites are going up against a ‘good Bohemians’ side but feels that the pace that is in the team at the moment is a real asset and is a key factor in our attack.

“We are going up against a good Bohemians team with a good attitude. I think that the players have shown real determination.

“We have real pace and it gives us a real attacking threat. We have a lot of pace in the team and it gives us the ability to break quickly.

“It’s a real asset to us and it has helped us score a lot of goals recently. It has helped with our results and we want to continue in that vein. ”

How did we get on last weekend?

We had a good weekend last weekend with two wins. First off last Friday we were late winners against Sligo Rovers. Patrick Hoban put us in front from the penalty spot before Rhys McCabe levelled things just before the break. We dominated possession and chances in the second half and got what we deserved when Hoban nodded home in the 89th minute to seal all 3 points. Then on Monday, we were in the Brandywell and despite falling behind to Darren Cole’s early strike, we were 4-1 winners. Brian Gartland and Robbie Benson turned it around before the break  with Michael Duffy and Krisztián Adorján adding in the second half.

Current Standings

We are now top of the table on 37 points, 2 clear of Cork City who are second, Waterford are third with 33 and Derry City are fourth on 27. Next come St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers, opponents Bohemians are in seventh ahead of Sligo Rovers. Limerick and Bray Wanderers are still the bottom two.

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 our third meeting in 2018 with Bohs…

It is…we met at Oriel 6 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 just last week 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.

We have a busy weekend don’t we?

Another busy weekend! We have our trip to Dalymount before we are back at home on Monday to face Waterford and also in Oriel on Friday against Bray Wanderers.

Who else is playing this weekend?

Bohemians v Dundalk

Cork City v Bray Wanderers

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry

Waterford v Limerick

Sligo Rovers v Shamrock Rovers (Saturday)

Team news

Dundalk will be without the services of Sean Gannon and John Mountney who are recovering from fractured ribs and knee injuries respectively with the latter now ruled out for the next 6-8 weeks. Stephen O’Donnell is ruled out with a broken leg for the next six months and Karolis Chvedukas has got an ankle injury. Daniel Cleary returns after serving a one match suspension on Monday.

Last 10 meetings with Bohemians (All Competitions)

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)

29.04.2016 (LGE) Bohemians 0-2 Dundalk (Horgan 38, 67)

04.04.2016 (LSC) Bohemians 4-3 Dundalk (Murphy 31, Byrne 69, 81, 87; M. O’Connor 13, 74, J. Kelly 90)

28.08.2015 (LGE) Bohemians 2-2 Dundalk (Buckley 17, Akinade 78; O’Donnell 60, Towell 90)

05.06.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 1-2 Dundalk (Massey 10; Rogers og 2, Mulcahy 75)