Team news vs Derry City
It is match 23 of the SSE Airtriticy League for us and we travel to the Brandywell to face Derry City in the final game before the midseason break.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the time of 7. 45. on Monday at The Brandywell 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!
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the trip Foyleside and fresh off being named SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for May was Sean Hoare and he reflected on what was a good win in a battle against Limerick last weekend.
“It was a battle at the start of the game last week against Limerick. It was a good win for us and we got the goal at the right time before half-time and then it seemed to settle us.
“We are at home and we want to impress the fans. We want to score as many goals as we can and win as many points as we can. We got the second goal and a few more followed after that so it was a good win for us.”
The win made it seven in a row in the league for the Lilywhites and that is something Hoare believes is showing the ‘good habits’ that the team are getting into now.
“We are getting into good habits now. We are playing good football and we are into a good rhythm of winning matches. We have won seven on the bounce in the league and that is what we wanted.
“We are in good form at the minute. We want to push on and win as many as we can. It has been a good start to the season. We are going along nicely and it is the way we want it. We just keep doing what we are doing and see where it takes us.”
The centre-half feels that the break is coming at a good time despite the form of Dundalk however he is intent to enjoy the break with an 8th victory in a row although he is well aware of the challenge posed by Derry City.
“The break is coming at a good time and it is giving us all a chance to rest up and recharge. It is a good thing to have the break but we are focused on the game tomorrow evening. We know it won’t be easy in Derry.
“They have been difficult opponents and it wasn’t an easy game there a few weeks ago so we know what it will be like but we are playing well and wit confidence and hopefully we can go get the win to take it into the break.”
Also speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the trip to the Brandywell was Stephen Kenny and he gave a brief squad update and feels that his side will ‘have to earn the win’ in Derry.
“We welcome back Chris Shields from suspension but we are without Stephen O’Donnell and John Mountney who are still out. We are waiting on Karolis Chvedukas so we will see how he is.
“The players are playing well at the moment. It is the second time we are going to the Brandywell in a couple of weeks. It’s a tough task that is ahead of us.
“We have to earn it and have to earn the right to win the match. We will have to fight hard in Derry and play well to try and get a big victory. ”
How did we get on last weekend?
We had a great win over Limerick last weekend. Patrick Hoban netted a hat-trick and Krisztián Adorján struck a rasping drive to the top corner to seal a 4-0 victory at Oriel Park which was our 7th win on the spin in the league and 9 overall in all competitions.
The results the weekend mean that we are now still in second place a point behind Cork City. We are 13 clear of Waterford and 19 ahead of opponents Derry City. St. Patrick’s Athletic come next who are level on points with Shamrock Rovers. Bohemians and Sligo Rovers follow with Limerick and Bray Wanderers in the bottom two spots.
2017 v Derry City
We met on 4 occasions last year – 3 times in the league and the other in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. Derry City won the first meeting at Maginn Park in Buncrana 3-1 with Dundalk winning the third 4-0 at the same venue in August. The meeting in May at Oriel Park finished in a scoreless draw however the Lilywhites were also 4-0 winners in the FAI Cup at Oriel and that set us on our way to the AVIVA Stadium.
This is our third meeting with Derry this season…how did it go before?
It proved to be a superb game of football and ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Robbie Benson and Michael Duffy gave us the lead on two separate occasions however the Candystripes pulled level twice through an Aaron McEneff penalty and Eoin Toal took a point back north. We made our return to the Brandywell a month ago and we were 4-1 winners Darren Cole had given the Candystripes the lead however Brian Gartland and Robbie Benson turned things around before half-time. Michael Duffy and Kristián Adorján added the 3rd and 4th in the second half to seal the win.
Dundalk will be without the injured Stephen O’Donnell (broken leg) and John Mountney (medial knee) while Karolis Chvedukas is doubtful with an ankle injury. Chris Shields returns from suspension having missed last week’s win over Limerick.
Last 10 meetings with Derry City (All competitions)
15.05.2018 (LGE) Derry City 1-4 Dundalk (Cole 12; Gartland 28, Benson 33, Duffy 50, Adorján 90)
20.04.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-2 Derry City (Benson 6, Duffy 45; McEneff pen 42, Toal 47)
20.08.2017 (LGE) Derry City 0-4 Dundalk (Benson 23, 33, McMillan 24, Mountney 41)
13.08.2017 (FCUP) Dundalk 4-0 Derry City (Mountney 1, McMillan pen 50, Mountney 81, Duffy 90)
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)