UCD v DUNDALK: MATCH ON
Three games in and Dundalk have accumulated four points following an impressive draw against Shamrock Rovers and a come-from-behind win against Shelbourne at Tolka Park last Friday. They also advanced to the next round of the EA Sports Cup however their unbeaten streak was ended as they fell to the superb Sligo Rovers on Tuesday evening.
Indeed it was a reality check for the young Lilywhites but there is nothing better after a defeat than another game days later and they will certainly be itching to get back to winning ways!
On the team news front, Dundalk have no suspension worries however they have to plan without captain Stephen O’Donnell who misses out due to the calf problem which kept him out of the match on Tuesday night. Mark Rossiter sat out the midweek defeat but he should come back into the starting line-up. Some good news is that John Mountney will be available for selection after fully recovering from an illness while Chris Shields made a return following a knee injury against Sligo Rovers and he is likely to feature on Saturday evening.
Ruled out: Stephen O’Donnell
Stephen Kenny’s thoughts:
“Sligo won well in the end without having to play that well but they have got good players and that’s why they’re champions. Our performance was nowhere near the performance of Shamrock Rovers or Shelbourne.”It was a disappointing night for us. Maybe I have set the bar too high for some of our play.
“The good thing about it is we have no respite – Saturday, Thursday, Tuesday, Friday – the games are coming thick and we have to try and get three points as soon as we can. UCD haven’t had the best of starts but that doesn’t matter. It’s going to be a tough game as UCD are usually quite good at home so we have to dust ourselves down and recover and make sure we are ready for them.”
Last 10 meetings all competitions:
29.05.2010 (LGE) UCD 3-1 Dundalk (McMillan 13, Kilduff 16, Corry 45; Kuduzovic 37)
06.08.2010 (LGE) Dundalk 1-1 UCD (Tipton 45; Mulhall 29)
15.10.2010 (LGE) UCD 0-2 Dundalk(Kuduzovic 30, Breen 85)
01.04.2011 (LGE) Dundalk3-1 UCD (Gaynor 42, Kearns, Byrne 72; Corry 69)
20.05.2011 (LGE) UCD 0-2 Dundalk( Griffin 72, 90+3)
15.07.2011 (LGE) Dundalk 2-O UCD(Kearns pen 45, Gaynor 90)
30.09.2011 (LGE) UCD 3-0 Dundalk( D. O’Connor 36, P O’Connor 39, Lyons 77)
23.03.2012 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 UCD (Shields 51, O’Neill 56; Rusk pen 68)
22.06.2012 (LGE) UCD 1-1 Dundalk (Benson 49; Murphy 35)
07.09.2012 (LGE) Dundalk 1-2 UCD (Rafter 56; McMillan 30, pen 80)
Dundalk will be looking for their first win at the Belfield Bowl since May 2011 and looking for their 3rd victory in 6 visits.
The Lilywhites will be looking for their first victory overall against The Students’ in exactly 12 months. 23rd March Dundalk were victorious on a 2-1 scoreline.
This will be the 12th meeting between the sides since both have been in the Premier League in 2010 with Dundalk holding the upper hand with 6 wins, UCD have won 3 times and they have finished level on two occasions.
Dundalk will be looking to score in the opening half for the first time this season as all their 5 competitive goals this season have come after the break.
Dundalk have 3 former Students in their ranks – Keith Ward, Darren Meenan and Andy Boyle.
The Lilywhites will be aiming to win back-to-back away matches in the league for the first time in almost two years. Back then the Louth club beat Galway United and Bohemians within three days of each other in May 2011.
Dundalk will be looking to keep their first clean sheet in the capital in the league in almost 2 years ago when they shut out the Students in May 2011. Their last competitive clean sheet in Dublin came in the FAI Cup quarter-final against Bohemians last September.