Maxi confident of Dundalk success on Friday

Maxi with his new tattoo

Maxi with his new tattoo

As the build-up continues to Friday night’s title decider between Dundalk and Cork City at Oriel Park, it would be understandable if fans from both sides were getting a little nervous.

One local fan, Mark ‘Maxi’ McAllister, has little doubt that Stephen Kenny’s side will finish the job by beating the Rebels though after getting ‘League Champions 2014’ tattooed onto his arm.

Maxi posted the picture on his Facebook page yesterday after getting it done by Fergus Cullen of Cuchulainn Tattoos and vowed to get the words ‘Cork City’ added to the tattoo if his side fail to win on Friday.

“Dundalk can’t lose or draw on Friday, we all believe that here,” Fergus told The Irish Examiner.

“I approached him on the street this morning and said I’d do it free of charge and he said,   ‘come on let’s do it’. It was done in 12 minutes,” he added.

The new tattoo is below an existing one of the club’s crest and a remembrance of Lilywhites legend Tommy McConville.

Maxi will no doubt be hoping McConville will act as a guardian angel for the side on Friday, with the one year anniversary of his passing the next day.

A video of the procedure can be seen here.

The Spirit Store to show Dundalk match live on big screen

spiritstorelogoThe Spirit Store will be showing Friday night’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title decider between Dundalk and Cork City live on the big screen at the George’s Quay venue.

Tickets for the game at Oriel Park sold out this morning with no further tickets set to be made available.

Entrance to the Spirit Store to see the game is free and it will be followed by a gig with The Yellers on stage at 9.40pm, followed by Cult Called Man at 10.30pm.

Fans left disappointed as ticket allocation sells out

The queue outside Oriel Park today. Picture: Frank McGahon

The queue outside Oriel Park today. Picture: Frank McGahon

Hundreds of supporters queued outside Oriel Park this morning hoping to get tickets to Friday night’s title deciding clash between Dundalk FC and Cork City.

Some supporters were at the venue before 6am but unfortunately while many got the 750 tickets made available for the temporary stand behind the Carrick Road end goals, others were left disappointed when the allocation sold out around 9.45am.

Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond said there is no prospect of any further tickets being made available for the game.

Doyle to referee title decider

Neil Doyle will take charge of Friday’s SSE Airtricity League decider at Oriel Park between Dundalk and Cork City.

He will be assisted by Damien MacGraith, who was first assistant at last night’s UEFA Champions League game between Barcelona and Ajax at the Nou Camp, and Dermot Broughton, while Tomás Connolly is fourth official.

Friday’s game is live on RTÉ Two, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Dundalk FC releasing further tickets for Cork City clash this morning

Best Wishes to Dundalk F.C.Dundalk FC will be releasing approximately 750 more tickets for sale at 9am this morning for Friday night’s title decider with Cork City at Oriel Park.

Around 400 supporters are thought to be queuing outside the ground as of 8am ahead of the tickets going on sale.

A temporary stand, similar to the one that was in use for the EA Sports Cup final last month, will be constructed behind the Carrick Road end goal for Dundalk supporters only.

According to the club:

  • All of these tickets are full price €15 tickets. There are no concession tickets for this stand.
  • Tickets go on sale from the Oriel Park ticket office at 9am, Wednesday.
  • Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Tickets will be restricted to two tickets per person.
  • These tickets will only provide access to the temporary stand (Hiney Park Stand). These tickets will not allow for access to the Shed.
  • No tickets can be reserved over the phone and set aside for collection.

In a statement on dundalkfc.com, the club said: “We need all Dundalk supporters to understand that this match will have the highest attendance in recent history for Dundalk FC. We require full co-operation with security on match night. This stand is at huge cost to the club but we want to ensure that as many people can safely get into Oriel Park to support Stephen Kenny’s team.

We are asking all supporters, especially those supporters who have Ground tickets and wish to watch the match from the Shed, to arrive as early as possible as restrictions will be in place.”

Dundalk v Cork City tickets being sold for four times their face value online

One of the coveted match tickets being sold for Friday's game

One of the coveted match tickets being sold for Friday’s game

The demand for tickets to Friday night’s title decider between Dundalk and Cork City at Oriel Park is such that they are now being sold online for four times their their face value.

One user called ‘Boyleski’ has placed four tickets for Friday’s game for sale on adverts.ie. The ground tickets cost just €10 each but he is selling the quartet for €200.

It remains to be seen whether or not he will get what he wants for them.

You can view the ad here.

Earlier today Dundalk FC suspended ticket sales for the game but it is hoped that they will be able to release further shortly.

Ticket sales suspended for Dundalk v Cork City game

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC have suspended ticket sales for Friday night’s title deciding clash with Cork City at Oriel Park.

The game is understood to have sold out but the Lilywhites are hopeful of securing a capacity increase that would allow them to put further tickets on sale.

Updates will be provided via www.dundalkfc.com on the situation.

Stephen Kenny’s side must win the game to secure a first league title in 19 years while Cork City need just a point to take the trophy back to Turner’s Cross.

Dundalk’s Dane Massey wins Player of the Month award

Dane Massey, Dundalk, who was presented with the SSE Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for September 2014.

Dane Massey, Dundalk, who was presented with the SSE Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for September

Dundalk FC defender Dane Massey has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for September

The left back becomes the third member of Stephen Kenny’s side to win the award this season after Daryl Horgan and Richie Towell.

It is the first time the former Bray Wanderers player has won the award and he collected his prize today from Leanne Sheill from SSE Airtricity in Dublin.

Massey was terrific for the Lilywhites in September, scoring twice in their EA Sports Cup final win over Shamrock Rovers and helping them stay top of the SSE Airtricity league with two games to go.

Massey was thrilled to be recognised for his form but admits his main focus is on winning the league title.

“It’s a great honour for myself to win player of the month, not many defenders win it. I’m absolutely delighted,” said Massey.

“The EA Sports Cup win was massive for the club. To get some silverware was a great confidence boost going into the title run-in.

“The most important thing for now is just to focus on our own game and not worry about anyone else. We know we play the best football in the league.”

Massey put Dundalk’s fantastic season down to boss Stephen Kenny and insists the manager is keeping them focused for the final two league games against Bray Wanderers and Cork City.

“It’s still in our hands with two games to go. Bray away isn’t going to be easy but the important thing is we get over that and then look at Cork at home. We’re confident,” he added.

“The gaffer has kept us focused and we said from the start we would take it one game at a time and this season has been great.

“We’ve played a lot of games and all we can do is look at the next fixture and be confident. We know we can beat anyone.

“Stephen Kenny has been crucial. He knows each individual and that it is important. He has done really well and the lads love him.”

In winning the award Massey fended off competition from Derry City striker Rory Patterson who was second. Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty was third.

Tickets for Dundalk v Cork City now on sale

DundalkCrest2010Tickets are now on sale for Dundalk FC’s potential title decider against Cork City on Friday week, October 24th.

Tickets are available from the Oriel Park ticket office and are priced as follows:

Stand

  • Adult: €20
  • Concession: €15
  • Juveniles: €5

Ground

  • Adult: €15
  • Concession: €10
  • Juveniles: €5

Fans are advised to purchase their tickets as early as possible as ground capacity restrictions are in place for the game.

Before that Dundalk travel to the Carlisle Grounds to face Bray Wanderers on Friday night, a game which will be shown live on RTÉ Two with a 7.05pm kick-off.

Dundalk’s draw with Rovers blows title race wide open

Ryan Brennan blazes his spot kick over the crossbar at Oriel Park last night

Ryan Brennan blazes his spot kick over the crossbar at Oriel Park last night

Cork City are well and truly back in the Premier Division title race after Dundalk could only manage a 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites are now just one point ahead of the Leesiders with two games remaining, the final one being a meeting between the two sides on 24 October.

Dundalk had more of the play, while the Hoops had the best chance but saw Ryan Brennan blast his second-half penalty over the bar.

Things looked good for the home side early doors when Darren Meenan blazed past Luke Byrne with a lung-bursting run from his own half to pick out Kurtis Byrne at the back post but his first-time strike was always rising.

After that, nerves and slackness crept into the Lilywhites play and although Shamrock Rovers saw much of the ball, they failed to ever muster anything productive when in possession. A Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters drive straight at Peter Cherrie was all they had to show in terms of shots in the opening 45.

Despite Dundalk looking far from their best, they were still enough of a threat to keep Pat Fenlon prowling anxiously on the touchline. His heart would have been in his mouth when Daryl Horgan wove his way in from the wing to fire at goal but Barry Murphy saved.

The Hoops ‘keeper did not even have to earn his wages minutes later when the former Cork City winger ran through only to drag his attempt off target.

Richie Towell also failed to call Murphy into action and Kurtis Byrne did fire one on goal but the netminder scrambled to collect at the second attempt to end a somewhat low-key first half.

Patrick Hoban fashioned the first chance of the second period when he won a corner, which he then met with a strong header; too strong and it ended up over the bar.

And then on 76 minutes, Karl Sheppard gave Brennan the chance to become an adopted son of Cork when the striker got on to Ruaidhri Higgins’ loss of possession and was felled in the area by Peter Cherrie.

Brennan strode forward to take the kick but lost his footing at the vital moment and his effort went wildly over the top, and with it perhaps Cork’s title hopes.

Stephen O’Donnell fizzed a thunderous volley just off target and the drama was not quite finished there as Dundalk themselves were denied a spot kick when Simon Madden used his arm to nudge the ball away from O’Donnell in the box but Rogers was not interested in the claims, before sending off Cregg in the final moments for a second bookable offence.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Ruaidhri Higgins 73), Richie Towell; Darren Meenan, Kurtis Byrne (Stephen O’Donnell 59), Daryl Horgan (Marc Griffin 83), Patrick Hoban. Unused subs: Mark Rossiter, John Mountney, Donal McDermott, Gabriel Sava (GK).

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Jason McGuinness, Luke Byrne; Stephen McPhail, Ryan Brennan (Robert Bayly 91), Patrick Cregg; Gary McCabe (Karl Sheppard 67), Ciaran Kilduff, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters (Dean Kelly 86). Unused subs: Robert Cornwall, Sean Heaney, Shane Robinson, Craig Hyland (GK).

Referee: Rob Rogers

Source: RTÉ Sport