Team news vs Cobh Ramblers
We are back at home as we begin our quest for Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup glory at home to Cobh Ramblers on Friday night!
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the time of 7.45 p.m. on 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 day’s action!
The match will be decided on the night so if we are level after 90 minutes extra-time and possibly penalties will decide who advances to the second round.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the game was goalkeeper Gary Rogers and he admitted that the past week wasn’t the best for the side however he is looking ahead to a positive end to the campaign.
“It wasn’t our best week. We have had better weeks. There’s no hiding from the fact that we were disappointed with the defeats in Europe and then to go out in the semi-final of the EA SPORTS Cup. It is never what we want.
“It’s over and done with now though and there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to focus on what’s ahead and we have to make sure that we are right for the rest of the campaign.”
The netminder feels that there is still a lot to play for with the league and FAI Cup to win and he harbours ambitions of returning to the AVIVA Stadium in November but is taking it one round at a time.
“We are going to busy. We have the league and the FAI Cup to play for. The league is the priority, always has been the priority for us. We have been lucky enough to play in three FAI Cup finals in the last few years.
“We want to win as many games as possible in the league, that is where we want to go and getting to the AVIVA Stadium for another final is an objective and we have to go get a result on Friday. We want to get through the rounds.
“We are in a good position in the league. We have two games in hand on Cork City but we are hoping to win those and put us back on top. We want to push on and see what happens.”
The Lilywhites face Cobh Ramblers for the second time in four days, this time at Oriel Park, and Rogers is intent on progressing into the next round but is wary that Cobh will be buoyant after Monday’s victory.
“We will go into the game on Friday with a positive frame of mind. The Cup games are always a one off, they are a challenge. Cobh will be full of confidence after Monday. It was a great win for them.
“We are a good side though and we want to put our best foot forward. We are at home and we want to go get the win and get into the next round. ”
We are back after Europe…
We are…we reached the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. After defeating Levadia Tallinn of Estonia in round 1 3-1 on aggregate, we were defeated 4-0 over two legs by AEK Larnaca of Cyprus.
We played Cobh on Monday night too, didn’t we?
We did in the semi-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup. The defence of our trophy came to an end at St. Colman’s Park after we lost 1-0 to Ramblers.
How did we get on in the FAI Cup last year?
We reached the final for the third successive year. We defeated Derry City, Crumlin United, Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers on our way to the AVIVA Stadium before losing on penalties to Cork City.
In our time away, we have fallen to second place in the league 2 points behind leaders Cork City however we do have 2 games in hand. Waterford are third ahead of Shamrock Rovers with Derry City and St. Patrick’s Athletic in fifth and sixth. Next come Bohemians and Sligo Rovers. Limerick and Bray Wanderers continue to occupy the bottom two places.
Robert Rogers will be the man in charge tomorrow night. Mark Gavin and Darren Corcoran will be assistants while David Dunne will act as fourth official.
Stephen O’Donnell remains out as he continues his recovery from a broken leg while Sean Hoare and Patrick McEleney are ruled out of the game with groin injuries. Stephen Folan and Sam Byrne made their return from knee and hamstring injuries respectively on Monday evening and are available for selection.