Team news vs Bray Wanderers
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. on Friday evening at The Carlisle Grounds 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!
Speaking ahead of the trip to the Carlisle Grounds captain Stephen O’Donnell was pleased to get through to the quarter-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup on Monday evening against St. Patrick’s Athletic however he told dundalkfc.com that they made things more difficult for themselves than they should have.
“We made it very hard for ourselves. It should never have got to the stage that we got to and the manager warned us about that at half-time. They pushed us back and took us into a dog fight.
2The main thing is that we got through and we are into the next round. That was the aim and it keeps our good form going after a brilliant win on Friday so we want to make sure that we keep up the winning and we are looking forward to the games ahead. “
The match was the first competitive game for a lot of the Lilywhites in a few weeks, including O’Donnell. But he feels that the 120 minutes of action will do them all a world of good.
“I am a bit tired after the game on Monday! We knew at half-time that we could play better. Even the first half we knew we could have scored more and been better.
2We conceded the two goals early in the second half so close together which was a drawback. The extra-time was a bit helter skelter to be honest and we had a lot of lads who didn’t have the games.
2It showed to be honest but hopefully that 120 minutes will bring a lot of us on and put us in good enough shape. “
Attention is now switched to Bray Wanderers and the Galway native is intent on avoiding a repeat of points being dropped against the Seagulls but is focused on ensuring that they get the win heading into a frenetic schedule of games over the next month.
“Bray have taken points off us in the previous few years, even on the opening day of this season so we know how difficult it could be down there. We are focused on making sure things don’t repeat themselves.
“We are top of the league on goal difference. It’s not something we want to relinquish. We want to drive on and go clear. Hopefully we can do that now starting on Friday night ahead of what will be a hectic schedule.”
How did we get on last weekend?
We got on very well last weekend. We went through to the quarter-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup on Monday against St. Patrick’s Athletic and before that, last Friday, we were 2-1 winners at home to Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. In a pulsating encounter, two goals early in the second half from midfield duo Robbie Benson and Chris Shields put us 2-0 up however Dan Carr headed home with 15 minutes to go to set up a grandstand finish however we held out to take all three points.
The win, combined with other results, put us top of the table on goal difference ahead of Waterford. Both of us have 21 points, Cork City are third with 19 and Shamrock Rovers round off the top four with 16 points. Derry City are 5th ahead of St. Patrick’s Athletic who are 6th. Bohemians and Limerick are next on 9. Sligo Rovers are second from bottom with 7 and opponents Bray Wanderers have a solitary point on bottom.
What happened on Monday?
Monday was our rescheduled EA SPORTS Cup second round tie with St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park and a thrilling game finished 4-4 after extra-time. Marco Tagbajumi and Ronan Murray put us in front at half-time however Graham Kelly and Christy Fagan levelled for Pat’s in the second half which put the game into extra-time. More madness ensued when Michael Leahy put Pat’s 3-2 up however he turned the ball into his own net to level it at 3-3. He then went and headed his side in front 4-3 and it looked like that had settled it however Dane Massey glanced home a header in the 119th minute to send the game to spot kicks. The Lilywhites were 8-7 winners in the shootout with Tagbajumi scoring the winning kick to see the holders through to the last 8.
Who else is playing this weekend?
Bray Wanderers vs Dundalk
Cork City vs St. Patrick’s Athletic
Derry City vs Waterford
Shamrock Rovers vs Bohemians
Limerick vs Sligo Rovers (Saturday)
This is the second time we have played Bray Wanderers this season…
It is. We met on the opening night of the campaign and we were held to a scoreless draw by the Seagulls at Oriel Park.
Sean Grant will take charge of this one at the seasisde with Mark Gavin and Brian Fenlon acting as assistants. Derek Tomney will be fourth official.
Karolis Chvedukas remains sidelined with an ankle problem, Dean Jarvis has a calf problem and Gary Rogers is still recovering from the calf tear he suffered against Bohemians a fortnight ago however there is some good news as Brian Gartland returns to contention after playing 120 minutes on Monday evening against St. Patrick’s Athletic. Sean Hoare may return after a groin problem
Last 10 meetings with Bray Wanderers (All Competitions)
16.02.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-0 Bray Wanderers
13.10.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Duffy 87)
30.06.2017 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 0-3 Dundalk (Benson 2, 26, McEleney 63)
14.04.2017 (LGE)Dundalk 1-3 Bray Wanderers (O’Donnell 57; McCabe pen 54, pen 68, Brennan 74)
10.08.2016 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 2-1 Dundalk ((Salmon 38, Connolly 79; Horgan 12)
10.05.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Boyle 23)
05.03.2016 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 1-3 Dundalk (Kelly 30; Kilduff 4, 28; Finn 81)
30.10.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 4-0 Bray Wanderers (Kilduff 5, Horgan 9, Towell 79, 88)
31.07.2015 (LGE) Bray Wanderers 0-1 Dundalk (Kilduff 73)
04.05.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 8-1 Bray Wanderers (Towell 2, Gartland 9, 44, Boyle 22, Horgan 54, 86, Massey 70, Finn 82; Cassidy pen 19)