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Team news vs Derry City

Match Preview
// 12 Aug 2017

This weekend sees Dundalk start their Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup campaign at home to Derry City.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at the earlier time of 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 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 night’s action!

Player View

Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the visit of his former side, Patrick McEleney reflected on what was a ‘good week’ for the Lilwyhites feeling it was important that they got back to winning ways ahead of the tie.

“We had a good week this week. It was important that we got back to winning in the league after a couple of disappointing results after Europe. We played well against Limerick last week and were deserving winners.

“On Monday we were delighted to get to the league cup final and we put in a good performance in Galway. It’s important that we get to as many finals as possible and we want to win everything so to have a week like we did is very pleasing. “

The 24 year-old is looking forward to the rest of the season with a trip to the national stadium in November at the forefront of his thoughts.

“We have still a lot to play for. We are into the EA Sports Cup final and we have the FAI Cup to go into now which we are fully focued on. We have to finish strongly in the league and pick up as many points as we can.

“We all want to get back to the AVIVA Stadium though and that is our aim. We want to win every trophy on offer and the Cup is no different. “

The Derry native is ready to face is former club and while he is expecting a difficult tie against Kenny Shiels’ side he is confident his team mates can carry the momentum from this week into Sunday evening.

“Derry City are a good side and are having a good season. We have had two difficult games against them this season already so we know that we are in for a difficult game on Sunday.

“We take nothing for granted in any game and we prepare the same way regardless of the opponent. We probably couldn’t have had a tougher draw at this stage but all you can ask for is a home draw.

“We got that so we want to take advantage of it. We have had a good week and hopefully we can carry that momentum into the game. “

Manager View

Also speaking to dundalkfc.com was manager Stephen Kenny and after he extended his contract as manager until the end of the 2020 season he feels that it was a good week for his side and is intent on progressing to the second round.

“It has been a good week for us. After losing to Rosenborg the disappointment hit us. Then we had two good 3-0 wins last weekend and we are into another league cup final. Going away to beat Galway United convincingly 3-0 with a very good performance.

“It’s a tough game for us on Sunday against Derry City in the FAI Cup. We couldn’t have got a tougher game. It’s a tough game for both sides. My experience of Sunday night games is that they are good atmosphere’s. Sunday is a good night for a Cup game.

“With all the non-league teams and the fact that two of the top three teams got each other makes it tough. There’s obviously a new dimension with it finishing on the night. Last year we played Derry and it went to a replay. We don’t have that this year. We want to go and progress on Sunday. ”

How did we do last weekend?

It was a good weekend in two competitions for the Lilywhites as they picked up two straight 3-0 victories. On Friday evening in the SSE Airtricity League we were 3-0 winners over Limerick at Oriel Park. Patrick McEleney’s stunning first half free-kick was added to by a pair of second half headers from Brian Gartland and Robbie Benson which gave the champions all three points and a return to winning ways in the league. On Monday evening Dundalk qualified for the final of the EA Sports Cup where they will face Shamrock Rovers on September 16th. Jamie McGrath’s early strike, a Robbie Benson penalty and a Kevin Devaney own goal booked Dundalk’s berth in the show piece event.

What happened the last time we met?

We met back in May in the league and played out a scoreless draw at Oriel Park. In the first meeting this season at Maginn Park in Buncrana the Candystripes were 3-1 winners back in March. The sides also play in the final meeting of the season next Sunday afternoon also in Buncrana.

How did we get do in the 2016 FAI Cup?

We were beaten finalists in last year’s competitions to Cork City. On the way we defeated Shelbourne, Crumlin United, UCD and opponents Derry City after a replay last October.


Neil Doyle will take charge of this one at Dalymount Park.  It will be the fifth time that he has refereed us this year and last refereed us in our 1-0 victory against Bohemians 5 weeks ago at Dalymount Park. He will be assisted by Robert Clarke and Wayne McDonnell. Paul McLaughlin will act as fourth official.

Our overall record against Derry City?

Dundalk’s overall record against Derry City reads as P78 W33, D20, L25 at home it reads P38; W16, D10, L12 and the Cup it reads P5; W2, D1, L2

Anything else we should know?

The match kicks off at 6.30 p.m. and it must be played to a finish on the night with no replay in the earlier rounds of the competition this year. Extra-time and penalties are required to find a winner should the match end level after 90 minutes.

Season tickets are also not valid as per competition rules.

Team news

Dane Massey remains sidelined with a calf strain however Thomas Stewart made his return from injury on Monday evening starting the victory over Galway. We have no suspensions to contend with.

Last 10 meetings with Derry City (All competitions)

23.05.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-0 Derry City

13.03.2017 (LGE) Derry City 3-1 Dundalk (Boyle 45, McNamee 69, McBride 85; Massey 17)

04.10.2016 (FCUP)Derry City 1-2 Dundalk (Curtis 3; Kilduf pen 36, Finn 67)

02.10.2016 (FCUP)Dundalk 2-2 Derry City (Shiels 21, Kilduff 45; Patterson 65, Curtis 86)

23.09.2016 (LGE) Dundalk 3-1 Derry City (Mountney 13, Gartland 17, McMillan 59; Schubert 6)

01.07.2016 (LGE)Derry City 0-5 Dundalk (McMillan 2, 40, 80, Massey 20, Horgan 59)

01.04.2016 (LGE)Dundalk 1-1 Derry City (McMillan 4; McNamee 66)

14.08.2015 (LGE)Derry City 0-2 Dundalk (Kilduff 45, McMillan 87)

15.05.2015 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Derry City (Mountney 87)

13.03.2015 (LGE) Derry City 0-1 Dundalk (Massey 64)