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Team news vs Cork City

First Team News
// 16 May 2019

Another week and another away game…this time we travel south to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City.

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 evening’s action!

Also, you can listen to the match live on our radio partner LMFM. Full match commentary is available here: 

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Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the trip south was midfielder Patrick McEleney and he looked back on a good victory over Bohemians last week.

“We knew going to Dalymount Park that it was going to be a difficult game, it always is when we go three so to go there and win was great for us,

“They are title contenders with us so we were expecting a hard game and we got that. It was a good win for us.”

The win extended the champions unbeaten run to seven matches and that is something that the Derry native wants to build on as we go into the coming weeks.

“It’s a good dressing room at the moment. We want to be challenging and we need to go on runs like we have been over the past few weeks.

“We did that last year and to be up around the top this is the form that we need to be in, we have managed to go a few games unbeaten so long may it continue.

The Lilywhites continue their campaign on Leeside on Friday night and McEleney is wary of the threat posed by the Rebels.

“It’s a tough game for us on Friday in Cork. I have never had an easy game in my life down there and I know the rest of the squad haven’t either.

“We are looking forward to the game. Cork have had a bit of form over the past few weeks with the two wins but we will be ready. “

Management Team View

Also speaking to dundalkfc.com first team coach John Gill reflected on the victory over Bohemians last week and looked ahead to the next chapter of the rivalry between ourselves and Cork City.

“Bohemians have given us two really tough games so we are glad to have got the win last week. We played well on the night and very pleased with our performance. We have had a good few weeks and we want to continue that now into the next period.

“It has been a great rivalry between ourselves and Cork City over the past few years. There have been some great battles between the two sides and tomorrow will be no different.

“We have huge respect for Cork City. We are looking forward to what will be a difficult game against a very good side.”

We have a few games coming up…

We do…we have a fairly busy period coming up with the trip to Turner’s Cross followed by three home league matches in a row with Bohemians up on Monday, followed by St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday and the following Friday we welcome Sligo Rovers to begin series 3. On Monday week (May 27th) we host UCD in the EA SPORTS Cup quarter-finals also.

How did we get on last time out?

We had a good week last week as we went to Dalymount Park and were 2-0 winners. Despite Chris Shields missing a second half penalty, goals in either half from Georgie Kelly and Sean Hoare were enough to secure all three points for the Lilywhites.

How does the table look?

The table looks good! We are now top on goal difference ahead of Shamrock Rovers with Bohemians and Derry City rounding off the top four. St. Patrick’s Athletic and Waterford come next ahead of Sligo Rovers and opponents Cork City. UCD and Finn Harps continue to occupy the bottom two places.

How did we get on against Cork City in 2018?

We met Cork City on six occasions in the last campaign. Our first meeting was in this competition 12 months ago with City winning 4-2 after we led 2-0 . Patrick Hoban netted the solitary goal in a 1-0 win in the first league meeting a few weeks later. Gearoid Morrissey gained revenge for Cork at Turner’s Cross before a last gasp winner at Oriel for us secured a 2-1 immediately after the midseason break. Chris Shields netted the winner after just four minutes of action in our last league meeting in September. The season concluded with our fourth straight Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final appearance and we were 2-1 winners thanks to Patrick McEleney’s header just 15 minutes from time which gave us a second ‘Double’ in four seasons.

We have met already this year, haven’t we?

Yes we have met twice this year. First in the President’s Cup. The match took place at Turner’s Cross as the season curtain raiser and we took the trophy home with a 2-1 win. Dane Massey and Hoban netted in the first half to give us a 2-0 lead before Kevin O’Connor scored in the second half but we saw the game out. Then in March, Michael Duffy’s header was the difference between the sides as we were 1-0 winners at Oriel.


Rob Rogers will take charge of us for the third time this season. Emmett Dynan and Michelle O’Neill will assist him while Ray Mathews will be fourth official.

Team news

Robbie Benson continues his recovery from a broken leg while Jamie McGrath is also out with a foot injury. Stephen Folan is back in training and Sean Murray returned to the lineup last weekend and is in line to feature once again. Sean Hoare serves a one match suspension for accumulating five yellows. Daniel Kelly will be assessed before the game however Jordan Flores is nearing full fitness. Top scorer Patrick Hoban returns to the squad after serving his one match suspension.

Last 10 meetings with Cork City (All competitions)

29.03.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Cork City (Duffy 38)

09.02.2018 (PC) Cork City 1-2 Dundalk (K. O’Connor 65; Massey 36, Hoban 45)

04.11.2018 (FCUP) Cork City 1-2 Dundalk (Sadlier pen 21; Hoare 19, McEleney 74)

25.09.2018 (LGE) Cork City 0-1 Dundalk (Shields 4)

29.06.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Cork City (Adorján 47, McLoughling og 90; O’Hanlon 67)

27.04.2018 (LGE) Cork City 1-0 Dundalk (Morrissey 60)

09.03.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Cork City (Hoban 9)

11.02.2018 (PRC) Dundalk 2-4 Cork City (Murray 19, 40; Sheppard 49, McNamee 55, Sadlier 79, Cummins 81)

05.11.2017 (FCUP) Dundalk 1-1 Cork City (Vemmelund 95; Campion 111)

25.09.2017 (LGE) Cork City 1-1 Dundalk (Gartland og 20; Benson 87)