Shamrock Rovers have issued a warning to Dundalk supporters without tickets not to travel to Friday night’s potential title-deciding clash in Tallaght Stadium.
Just 800 tickets were issued to Lilywhites fans for the game, which could see Stephen Kenny’s side retain their title with a win.
All of Dundalk’s allocation of tickets were snapped up by season ticket holders prior to going on general sale, leaving hundreds of supporters disappointed.
Many had been intending to travel and buy general tickets on the night but Rovers have warned that these are being issued to “home supporters only” with any away fan set to be immediately ejected from the ground if they make it into the stadium.
A notice on the Tallaght outfit’s Facebook page last night read: “All away fans tickets have been sent to Dundalk FC for distribution to away fans. There is strict segregation of away fans at Tallaght Stadium with all 800 Dundalk tickets in the north end of the Main Stand.
“There will be a strict ejection policy in operation on match night to remove any away fans who are not in their allocated area.”
Friday’s game kicks off at 7.45pm and will be shown live on RTÉ Two.
Meanwhile, in the build up to the game Dundalk FC videographer Harry Taaffe has put together a superb motivational video with some of the best images of the Stephen Kenny era. Titled ‘Inch by Inch’ it will really get your juices flowing for Friday night. Check it out above.
Local triathlete Bryan McCrystal set a new national record for the Ironman event in Barcelona on Sunday.
The Jenkinstown native, who runs Mint by Baldwins in Earl Street, came home in a time of 8 hours 41 minutes and 29 seconds in the Barcelona IronMan event.
That was enough for a very impressive 22nd place in the international field despite coming straight off the back of the road racing season when his swimming and running training would have been minimal.
McCrystal put in a time of 1hr 2mins 47 secs for the 3.8km swim in Barcelona yesterday afternoon.
He followed that up with a time of 4hrs 17mins 11secs for the 180km bike leg; rounding out his effort with a time of 3hrs 18mins 30seconds for the 42.2km concluding run leg.
His bike leg was raced at an average of 41.99kph and was faster than any of the competitors who finished ahead of him.
Indeed, only former international bike rider Démétrio Fernandez from France was quicker than McCrystal on the bike.
The new Ironman national record holder, subject to ratification, competes in the colours of Team ASEA in the Irish peloton and won the new National Road Series this year.
His time in Barcelona was almost four minutes faster than the national record set by fellow local man Liam Dolan in Copenhagen two years ago.
Dolan, who has also since turned to cycling with local club Cuchulainn, set a time of 08:45:26.
McCrystal is a former pro football who played for Leeds United until injury cut short his career in England after four years.
He then played League of Ireland football with Dundalk FC before being hit by further cruciate knee ligament injuries.
Having then gone on to triathlon he quickly became an international before moving to cycling.
Dundalk FC take on Longford Town tonight in the semi-final of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
Ahead of the game the Shed Side Army supporters’ group have organised a corteo march from the town centre to Oriel Park.
This will leave the old Dunnes Stores in Park Street at 6.30pm sharp, travelling up Park Street and Anne Street onto the Carrick Road.
It is hoped the corteo will help build the atmosphere ahead of the big game, which gets underway at 7.25pm. The match is also being shown live on RTÉ Two.
Stephen Kenny’s side are aiming to reach their first cup final since famously winning the competition at Tolka Park back in 2002.
The Irish Daily Mail are distributing 5,000 free copies of the newspaper in Dundalk today.
The paper has a special edition front page, saying compliments of Dundalk FC, which is being delivered to houses around the town.
The Irish Daily Mail is the sponsor of the FAI Cup. Dundalk take on Longford Town in the semi-final of the competition on Friday night at 7.25pm in Oriel Park.
The game is also live on RTÉ Two at 7.25pm.
The victory, inspired by three goals in six minutes in the closing quarter, means Stephen Kenny’s side are one win away from retaining the title for the first time in the club’s history – a feat they will manage by beating Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght on October 9th.
Dundalk had to do things the hard way as they fell behind to a Dean Clarke goal inside the opening two minutes.
The visitors pressed hard for an equaliser after that but it didn’t arrive until the 76th minute when Richie To well raced onto Ciaran Kilduff’s knock down to slot home.
Towell then made it a club record 21 league goals for the campaign four minutes later when his deflected shot from a tight angle flew to the net.
Kilduff then made sure of the win two minutes later by beating the offside trap to slot home.
Dundalk striker Sean Maguire is set to miss the club’s crunch clash away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday October 9th after being named in Noel King’s Irish U-21 squad today.
The former West Ham star, who bagged his first goal for the club against Sligo Rovers earlier this month, was named in the provisional 22 man squad for the U-21 UEFA Euro 2017 qualifier at home to Lithuania and away to Italy next month.
After two matches Ireland are joint top of Group 2 following back-to-back wins over Andorra and will host Lithuania in the RSC in Waterford on the same day as the Rovers game in Tallaght, albeit at the earlier time of 5.45pm.
The squad will then travel to Vicenza to take on Italy on Tuesday October 13th which means Maguire should be back at Oriel Park for Dundalk’s clash with Galway Utd three days later.
The death has occurred of former Dundalk FC goalkeeper Christy Barron.
Christy was a member of the 1963 league winning side that brought the championship back to Oriel Park after a gap of 30 years.
Rated as one of the league’s best goalkeepers, he started out at Dublin junior club Talbot Utd before playing for Drumcondra for two seasons.
He was 21 when he signed for Dundalk in the 1959-60 season and would help the Lilywhites to a second ever league title in 1962-63 behind a back line that include John Murphy, Patsy ‘Tootsie’ McKeown, Timmy Lyons and Tommy Rowe.
He would spend sevens season at Dundalk, making over 250 appearances, and winning the club’s first Player of the Year award in 1963-64.
He would later go on to become a referee.
During his time in Dundalk he worked in Backhouse’s Butcher shop in Dundalk and would go on to qualify as a meat inspector in the UK which he worked at before retiring in 2002.
Two Dundalk players will appear on the cover of this year’s FIFA 16 game following a public vote.
Centre back Andy Boyle will be joined on the cover by Derry City’s Ciaran O’Connor, who is on loan at the Candystripes until the end of the season when he will return to his hometown club. Both appear alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
This is the third successive year that a Dundalk player has appeared on the cover of the EA Sports game, following on from Pat Hoban on FIFA 14 and Richie Towell on FIFA 15.
The unveiling of the cover was made at HMV on Henry Street today with the game going on sale at midnight tonight. Smyth’s toy store in Dundalk Retail Park is one of several outlets which will be open for the launch. The Irish cover will then be available to download for free at http://www.easports.com/fifa
Meanwhile, Dundalk FC captain Stephen O’Donnell was today unveiled as the new soccer coach at Dundalk IT.
This is expected to be the 29-year-old’s first step towards a career in coaching and management when his playing days are over.
The only goal of the game came midway through the second half from captain Stephen O’Donnell, with John Mountney later missing a chance to double his side’s lead when his penalty was saved by Pat Jennings.
Dundalk will now play either Bohemians or Shamrock Rovers in the final, with their semi-final due to take place on Friday October 2nd.