Bar One have first goalscorer special for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final

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Local bookmakers Bar One Racing have a special offer running for this Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final between Dundalk FC and Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.

If you bet on the first goalscorer, the bookmaker – which has offices on the Ramparts, Park Street and Bridge Street – will automatically double your odds should he score again with the 90 minutes.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 5.45pm and is also live on Setanta Sports. Graham Kelly will referee the match.

WallBuddy selling large Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

Ravensdale-based company wallbuddy.ie have a large scale Dundalk FC crest for sale.

The crest, which is made using PhotoTex the best wall graphic material in the world, is fully licensed by the club and is 96cm x 96cm in dimension.

The crest would be perfect for any home, office or pub looking to support the club as they aim for EA Sports Cup glory this Saturday and the league title next month. You can view and purchase it here.

WallBuddy is run by Rory Callan, with the company selling premium quality wall graphics through their website. They are perfect for decorating rooms, offices, clubrooms or gyms.

WallBuddys can be stuck on, removed and hung again over 100 times without marking the wall or leaving any residue behind so they are totally safe for your walls!

For further details log on to www.wallbuddy.ie or call 085 8723684.

Rovers end Dundalk’s treble hopes

DundalkCrest2010Substitute Karl Sheppard hit a late double as Shamrock Rovers came from behind to see off league leaders Dundalk 2-1 in last night’s FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay at Oriel Park.

The home side’s treble dream looked very much on when leading scorer Patrick Hoban fired them in front five minutes before half-time.

However, Sheppard’s goals in the 81st and 87th minutes rocked Oriel Park.

Just as in the first game, which finished 0-0 in Tallaght last Friday, Dundalk were left to rue a series of misses when they were on top with Barry Murphy excelling for Pat Fenlon’s side in goal.

Hoban deservedly headed them in front in the 40th minute when he headed home from Darren Meenan’s delivery.

Murphy was superb though to twice deny Hoban on the restart before doing likewise from Andy Boyle.

Having weathered the storm, Rovers began to pile on the pressure and it finally told as they grabbed an equaliser nine minutes from time when Sheppard raced onto Sean O’Connor’s pass to slot past Peter Cherrie.

The real drama was yet to come, however, as three minutes from time Sheppard broke clear on the right to fire his side into the last four.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Rossiter (Higgins 88), Boyle, Massey; Meenan (McMillan 88), Shields, Towell, Horgan; Byrne (Mountney 68), Hoban. Subs not used: Ward, Griffin, Kaguako, Sava.

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy; Madden, Kenna, McGuinness, Byrne; Brennan (Waters 53), Robinson (McPhail 62), Cregg, Finn, O’Connor; Kelly (Sheppard 77). Subs not used: Cornwall, Bayly, McCabe, Hyland.

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin).

Dundalk and Rovers must meet again after Tallaght stalemate

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers must meet again on Monday night to determine which of the two sides will advance to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after playing out a goalless stalemate in Tallaght Stadium last night.

In a game of few chances, Pat Fenlon’s side thought they had opened the scoring midway through the first half when Karl Sheppard headed home only to see his effort chalked off for offside.

Richie Towell had Dundalk’s best opening of the half soon after when he latched onto a Sean Gannon pass only to be denied by Barry Murphy.

The best opening of the second half also fell the Lilywhites’ way when substitute Kurtis Byrne was slipped through by David McMillan only to curl his effort just wide.

A deep free kick from Daryl Horgan then had to be finger-tipped over by Murphy right at the end as a replay was required.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Jason McGuinness, Luke Byrne; Shane Robinson, Patrick Cregg, Ronan Finn; Kieran Marty Waters (Ciaran Kilduff, 88), Karl Sheppard (Dean Kelly, 66), Gary McCabe (Ryan Brennan, 74).

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey; Richie Towell, Donal McDermott (Kurtis Byrne, 54), Chris Shields; Darren Meenan(John Mountney, 83), David McMillian (Patrick Hoban, 74), Daryl Horgan.

Referee: Padraigh Sutton

Dundalk FC to ban supporters who have cost the club financially

One of the club's anti-flare posters

One of the club’s anti-flare posters

Dundalk FC are set to issue lifetime bans to a number of individuals who have been identified as being involved in a “number of incidents” in recent weeks.

The lighting of a flare at the end of the defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park last Friday has cost the club an additional €500. The latest figure brings to over €5,000 the amount the Oriel Park outfit have been fined this season domestically, while it also comes hot on the heels of an €18,000 fine from UEFA for supporters standing and waving Palestinian flags during the Europa League game at home to Hajduk Split in July. The club insist they are weighing up their options at present before deciding whether or not to appeal that penalty.

In a statement on the matter, the club said: “Dundalk FC received confirmation that we have been fined a further €500 for the use of a flare at the St Patrick’s Athletic match. The culprits have been identified and bans are being issued. We would like to send our appreciation to those Dundalk supporters who have helped us with this issue.

“We would also like to point out that this fine would be much worse if it wasn’t for Dundalk FC’s Anti-Flare campaign and the co-operation of the vast majority of Dundalk supporters.

“Dundalk FC were also recently fined for the behaviour of three supporters at the Sligo Rovers match. This issue is still under investigation.

“The club are also in the process of banning two more supporters who were on final warnings regarding their behaviour at the club.

“Total fines this season are now approximately €5000. Everybody agrees, apart from a minority of individuals who have done their best to undermine our efforts this season, this is unacceptable.

“We would like to thank Dundalk supporters for their support on this issue.

“With regard to the well-publicised UEFA fine, Dundalk FC has received further information from UEFA that simply re-affirms what we already knew. There was no breakdown of the fine between the two charges. We are currently receiving legal advice on a potential appeal,” said the statement.

Stephanie releases video for ‘Hard Living’

London-based singer Stephanie McCourt, whose dad hails from Dundalk, has recently released her debut video ‘Hard Living’.

Stephanie, who is signed to the Unstoppable Music Group, is the daughter of Christopher McCourt who moved to London in the 1980s but who still regularly returns home to Dundalk.

The McCourt family are well known in the town, with Stephanie’s grandfather Jim a lifelong Dundalk FC supporter, who is a popular figure in the area along with his wife Audrey (née Hande, originally from Cluan Enda).

Like her family, Stephanie has had a love of music from an early age and has quickly made her name as a talented soul singer with influences such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Adele, to name but a few.

Stephanie’s mum is from Zambia and she credits her Zambian and Irish roots to a diverse taste in music.

She insists though that it is form her dad that she inherited her melodic voice.

“A lot of people say I inherited my voice from my Dad. He is really into music. He’s a massive Elvis Presley fan and I remember having to go with him and my sister to these little obscure record shops to hunt for Elvis records.

“He comes to all of my gigs and hassles me everyday about what I’m doing with my music. I’m really close to my dad we are like best friends… I’m that way with my mum too, she like a best friend as well.”

A graduate of Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Stephanie has been busy writing and recording in recent years and is hopeful of making a breakthrough with her debut EP.

You can listen to some of Stephanie’s tracks via her website at www.mccourtofficial.com

Dundalk hit Derry for five to get title challenge back on track

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk got their title challenge back on track with a 5-0 victory over an understrength Derry City side at Oriel Park last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side were looking to bounce back from their defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday and got off to a dream start when Darren Meenan fired them in front after just 12 seconds.

Kurtis Byrne then doubled the advantage when he turned in a Dane Massey cross on 34 minutes before Massey got on the scoresheet himself with a free kick five minutes later.

Pat Hoban then added to his goal tally for the season in the 54th minute with a low finish from 20 yards out before Brian Gartland headed home a Meenan corner two minutes later to complete the rout.

The win restores Dundalk’s six point lead at the top of the table, albeit with a game more played. The Lilywhites now have just five matches to play.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle (Rossiter 55), Massey; Horgan (McDermott 59), Shields, Towell, Meenan; Byrne, Hoban (McMillan 78). Subs not used: Mountney, Higgins, Griffin, Sava.

Derry City: Gallagher; Dunlop (Dooley 66), Kelly, S McEleney, Timlin; Tracey, Houston, McNamee (P McEleney 72), Molloy, Curran, Boyle. Subs not used: McBride, Barry, Lowry, Doherty.

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

 

RTÉ to broadcast Dundalk’s FAI Cup clash away to Shamrock Rovers

DundalkCrest2010RTÉ have confirmed that they will broadcast the FAI cup quarter final tie between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk FC in Tallaght Stadium on Friday September 12th.

The live programme, which will be broadcast on RTÉ Two, will commence at 7pm, with the game now kicking off at the earlier than normal time of 7.05pm.

Dundalk will also be live on RTÉ this Friday night when they travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic. That game will also have a 7.05pm kick-off.

Former Dundalk chairman Des Denning passes away

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk's success in 2002

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk’s success in 2002

The sudden death has occurred of former Dundalk FC chairman Des Denning.

A native of Cavan, Denning was also known for his insurance business Denning Insurances, which was based in Market Street for a number of years before relocating to Bridge Street.

From the Castle Road in Dundalk, Des passed away suddenly last night.

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

He will be best remembered for his contribution to Dundalk FC, where he was chairman for a number of years, including during the club’s run to the 2002 FAI Cup final.

Having stepped aside from that role in May 2004 following the resignation of Trevor Anderson as manager, he later returned to the board of the club before stepping down in 2010.

Throughout the years he remained active in a number of fundraising roles, however, and was a close friend of the late Tommy McConville, who passed away last October.

Well known in Irish soccer circles, Des was also an avid Liverpool FC supporter and a keen pool player.

Sympathy is extended to his wide circle of family and friends, especially partner Regina O’Hare who is also well known at Oriel Park for heading up the security detail at the club.

Apart from Regina, Des is survived by his sister May, brothers Michael, Sean and Brendan and sisters-in-law Kathleen and Ann. Also Carmel, Seamus, Miriam and the extended O’Hare family, as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends.

He will be reposing at his residence on the Castle Road from 8pm until 10pm on Wednesday evening and from 2pm until 9pm Thursday. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am, proceeding on foot to St Patrick’s Cathedral, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am. Removal afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium, arriving for 2.30pm.

May he Rest In Peace.

Towell in line to feature on FIFA 15 cover

Last year’s FIFA cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy.

Last year’s FIFA cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy. Richie Towell is hoping to secure the votes to appear on this year’s cover

Dundalk FC’s Richie Towell is in the running to appear on the front cover of the EA Sports’ FIFA 15 game.

The midfielder is up against players from the 11 other Premier Division clubs, with two slots up for grabs. The winners – who will join Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on the cover – will be announced on Wednesday 24th of September.

Towell has been a revelation for the Lilywhites since he arrived into the League of Ireland and has scored 13 goals so far this season as Stephen Kenny’s side sit at the top of the League table.

To vote, click here and find Richie on the list, select him, then click ‘VOTE’ at the bottom of the page.

Last year’s cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy.

Source: Dundalkfc.com