Setanta to screen Louth derby

DundalkCrest2010Setanta Sports have announced that they will broadcast the Louth derby between Drogheda United and Dundalk live from United Park on Friday August 8th.

The game has been moved back to 8pm to facilitate the TV coverage with Stephen Kenny’s side returning to the scene of the venue where they suffered a 4-1 hammering on the opening day of the season.

Dundalk responded to that result by inflicting a 7-0 defeat on Drogheda in Oriel Park back in May and will be hoping for a similar positive result against a side that is now managed by former Cork City boss Damien Richardson.

The Lilywhites will also be live on Setanta Sports this coming Friday night when they travel to face Cork City in Turner’s Cross, in the knowledge that a victory could send them six points clear at the top of the table.

Dundalk midfielder Towell linked with €350,000 move to England

Richie Towell was the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month for August last year but will he still be at Oriel Park by the end of this summer?

Richie Towell was the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month for August last year but will he still be at Oriel Park by the end of this summer?

Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been linked with a move away from Oriel Park in today’s Irish Independent.

As part of a feature on the top 50 transfer targets this summer, the 23-year-old features in number 42 with the paper claiming interest from Wigan, Burnley and Ipswich Town.

The Indo speculate a price tag of €350,000, having described Towell as the League of Ireland’s best player. They insist that it is just a matter of whether the deal happens now or at the end of the Irish season.

Ipswich boss and former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was at Oriel Park earlier this month for the club’s Europa League fixture against Jeunesse Esch leading to speculation that Towell may be on his way to Portman Road.

Dundalk move three points clear at the top with victory over Bray

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved three points clear at the top of the table with a resounding 5-1 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side got off to a dream start when Richie Towell fired them in front inside the opening three minutes, firing home a rebound after Shane Redmond had saved from Kurtis Byrne.

Byrne then got his name on the scoresheet himself on 25 minutes in similar fashion, mopping up the spillage after Redmond could only push clear a Darren Meenan shot.

Byrne then turned provider for Dundalk’s third goal in the 58th minute when he crossed for Patrick Hoban to finish.

A fourth then arrived four minutes later, with Byrne again on target after blasting to the top corner from 25 yards out.

Bray did manage to pull a somewhat controversial goal back on 83 minutes when Ismahil Akinade fired under Peter Cherrie despite appearing to be offside in the build-up.

However, Dundalk had the final say two minutes later when Hoban added a fifth after another cross from Byrne.

The win means the Lilywhites can go six points clear if they beat Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday night – a match that will be shown live on Setanta Sports.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan (Mountney 81), Higgins, Towell, Horgan (McDermott 63); Byrne (McMillan 87); Hoban. Subs not used: Griffin, Rossiter, Kelly, Sava.

Bray Wanderers: Redmond; Barker, O’Connor, Mitchell, Gorman; Akinade, Zambra, G Kelly (McGill 69), Cassidy (Coombes 76), J Kelly; Hughes (O’Neill 65). Subs not used: Byrne, Cooney, McDonagh, McGuinness.

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

 

Dundalk to learn their FAI Cup opponents today

DundalkCrest2010Fresh from their exploits in Croatia last night, Dundalk will be returning to Ireland at lunchtime today to begin preparations for Sunday’s match against Bray Wanderers – the last side to beat them in the league back at the end of April.

While they are in the air, they are likely to be paired with their opponents for the next round of the Ford FAI Cup, with the draw for the next round due to take place today.

The Lilywhites have already beaten holders Sligo Rovers 3-0 in the competition this season and will be looking to mount a cup challenge to go all the way to the final for the first time since 2002.

Meanwhile, Setanta Sports have confirmed that the top of the table clash between Dundalk and Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday August 1st will be screened live on the channel. Kick-off on the night is at 8pm.

Dundalk bow out of Europe with their heads held high

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Dundalk bowed out of Europe with their heads held high last night after claiming a famous 2-1 victory over Hajduk Split in Croatia, only to lose out 3-2 on aggregate.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Stephen Kenny’s side were another goal away from advancing after coming from behind at the Stadion Poljud in the second half to set up a tense finale.

The home side took the lead on 25 minutes when Sandro Gotal played in Ivorian winger Jean Evrad Kouassi, who beat the Dundalk defence and then slotted the ball past goalkeeper Gabriel Sava.

That strike made a hard task even more difficult but Dundalk refused to throw in the towel and gave themselves hope of a stunning comeback when substitute Pat Hoban pulled a goal back on 66 minutes after rounding goalkeeper Dante Stipica to finish.

Fellow substitute Kurtis Byrne added a second for the Louth men 16 minutes from time when he met Chris Shields’ cross to set up a nervy finish for Hajduk.

However, despite the Lilywhites throwing men forward to find the goal that would send them through, the Croats held out to set up a third qualifying round tie with Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan.

Hajduk Split: Stipica; Nizic, Milovic, Maloca, Jozinovic; Caktas (Bradaric HT), Vlasic (Maloku 76 ), Andelkovic; Kouassi (Maglica 62), Gotal, Jozinovic

Dundalk: Sava; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields, Higgins (Meenan 87); Mountney, Towell, McDermott (Hoban 57); McMillan (Byrne 68).

Referee: Ionut Maruis Avram (Romania).

Dundalk go back top of the table with victory over Athlone

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved back to the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table with a hard fought 2-0 win over Athlone Town at Oriel Park last night.

Having had chances to take the lead early on through Kurtis Byrne and Richie Towell, Stephen Kenny’s side finally made the breakthrough in the 22nd minute when Pat Hoban applied the finish after visiting goalkeeper Ryan Coulter could only palm away a shot from Byrne.

Brian Gartland then doubled his side’s advantage in the 31st minute by heading home a Towell free kick and was unlucky not to have scored a second just before half-time when he headed to the net again only to see it ruled out for offside.

With one eye on Thursday’s Europa League trip to Croatia in mind, the Lilywhites took their foot off the gas in the second half but still managed to see out the game for another important three points.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan (McDermott 73), Shields, Towell, Horgan (Griffin 87); Byrne (Higgins 78); Hoban. Subs not used: Kelly, Mountney, Rossiter, Sava.

Athlone Town: Coulter; Quigley (Mulroney 80), Harney, D Brennan, Doyle; S Brennan (Ebbe 71), Dillon, Hughes, Clancy; O’Brien; Mulroy (Sweeney 71). Subs not used: Byrne, Dunne, Mahon, Marks.

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin).

 

Gardaí ask Dundalk supporters not to march to Oriel Park tonight

DundalkCrest2010Gardaí have requested that Dundalk supporters refrain from holding their pre-match march to Oriel Park ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Hajduk Split.

In recent weeks, supporters of the Lilywhites have been meeting in Park Street before marching to Oriel Park waving flags and singing club songs.

However, following a meeting with the club this morning, the Gardaí have asked not to organise the march in order to avoid the interruption of parking and traffic.

They have said that they will also be taking action against anybody that causes public order offences on the night and thank the public for their co-operation in helping the game proceed smoothly.

Kick-off at Oriel Park tonight is at 7.45pm.

Ciaran urges town’s businesses to get behind Dundalk FC

Ciaran Callan

Ciaran Callan

Ahead of this Thursday night’s massive Europa League second round tie against Hadjuk Split, Dundalk fan Ciaran Callan is calling on the town’s businesses and fans to get behind the players and staff of Dundalk FC and wish them all every inch of support.

“I think as a town and community when Dundalk is doing well like it has done over the past two seasons there has been a great buzz around the town and surrounding areas. Everyone has been talking about Dundalk FC,” said Ciaran

“With Hadjuk Split coming to Dundalk I would love to see as many homes, businesses and fans showing off their colours, flying the flags and banners ahead of the game. I think personally it will add to the already great sense of occasion and we saw how well Dundalk looked when the Giro D’Italia came through so why can’t we get behind our club and show off our colours?”

Ciaran, who has been supporting the club for over 10 years through thick and thin, has seen the good and bad times at the club.

“We had a very low period since the FAI Cup win in 2002 for many years and now it looks as if the great times this club has enjoyed in the past are coming back so when we do have good times I think it’s vitally important that we embrace them and celebrate how far we really have come as a club/”

Ciaran is hoping his “rally the troops” message might encourage Dundalk and its community to come out and support Dundalk FC.

“This is our club and our team and I encourage everyone to send messages of support and encouragement ahead of Thursday night.”

Ireland boss O’Neill to visit Dundalk this Thursday

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny with Ireland boss Martin O'Neill

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny with Ireland boss Martin O’Neill

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill be at Oriel Park this Thursday night to take in Dundalk’s Europa League clash with Hadjuk Split.

The game is the first item on his agenda after working in Brazil as a pundit for ITV during the World Cup.

News of O’Neill’s pending trip to Dundalk was revealed in this morning’s Irish Independent, who suggest he will use the match as an opportunity to cast his eye over some of Dundalk’s young guns.

One of O’Neill’s predecessors, Mick McCarthy, was also in Oriel last week to take in Dundalk’s victory over AS Jeunesse Esch.

Dundalk move back to the summit with victory over Shamrock Rovers

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved back to the top of the table with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium yesterday.

In a game of few chances, the crucial breakthrough arrived in the 66th minute when Pat Hoban turned in a Kurtis Byrne cross to seal the result.

Stephen Kenny’s side had other chances to make sure of the win but still held out for a result that puts them back on level terms with Cork City but ahead of the Leesiders on goal difference.

Next up for the Lilywhites is the visit of Hadjuk Split to Oriel Park on Thursday for the Europa League tie, followed by the rearranged league fixture at home to Athlone Town next Sunday at 7pm.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, David O’Connor, Jason McGuinness, Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Shane Robinson, Gary McCabe (Sean O’Connor on 61), Ronan Finn, Ryan Brennan (Robert Bayly on 78), Dean Kelly (Ciaran Kilduff on 71), Eamon Zayed.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Dane Massey, Brian Gartland, Sean Gannon, Andrew Boyle, Chris Shields, Darren Meenan (John Mountney on 89), Daryl Horgan (Donal McDermott on 58), Richie Towell, Pat Hoban, Kurtis Byrne (Ruaidhri Higgins on 83).