Kerr believes Dundalk have the “belief” to take title

DundalkCrest2010Former Ireland boss Brian Kerr believes Dundalk’s tendency to score late goals can give them the “belief” needed to go on and claim the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title this season.

The Lilywhites grabbed a late equaliser to draw with Sligo Rovers on Monday night, just days after Pat Hoban’s late winner against Limerick FC.

“You often hear the word ‘belief’ bandied about, like it’s easy to buy belief, like you can buy a bag of it in the shop,” Kerr said on RTÉ’s Soccer Republic.

“Belief only comes in sport when you’ve achieved things regularly.

“That’s my understanding of belief, and when you’ve got late goals on a regular basis in a match then it becomes part of the team’s armoury that you say, ‘We know we can get a goal, we’ve the belief’, and that’s what Dundalk are doing.

“Teams with confidence and with a good squad of players and with a very, very positive manager [Stephen Kenny] will go for it till the end.

“With Patrick Hoban in the team they are always likely to conjure up a goal, from him or from a set-piece situation.”

Dundalk play Galway in the FAI Cup third round on Friday evening, while their next league assignment is at home to Bohemians on 29 August.

Dundalk FC Annual Poker Classic details revealed

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The Dundalk FC Annual Poker Classic (Draw Poker) takes place on Sunday 28th September, at 6pm in the Lisdoo.

Tickets for this year’s event are priced at €50; with €5 buy ins and a €10 top up. Refreshments will be served on the night also.

There are a number of poker satellites planned prior to the main event and details will be on the Dundalk FC’s website. The first satellite takes place tonight in McKeown’s at 8.30pm.

Stephen Neary, one of the tournament organisers, commented: The Poker Classic has been a major fundraiser for the club for over 30 years. Last year’s event proved yet another successful night for the club and an enjoyable night for all who attended. We would encourage all supporters to help us make this year’s event even more successful than last years by either selling tickets or attending event.”

Tickets are available from Oriel Park, also from Stephen Neary on 087 7460263 (stephenjneary@aol.com) or from Gerry Curtis on 087 2900113.

McMillan goal rescues a point for Dundalk in Sligo

DundalkCrest2010A last gasp goal from David McMillan rescued a 1-1 draw for Dundalk against Sligo Rovers in The Showgrounds last night, keeping the Lilywhites four points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Sligo Rovers took the lead in the first-half thanks for a Danny North penalty, but Dundalk equalised through former Rovers man McMillan in the 86th minute.

The league leaders had a couple of early opportunities through midfielder Kurtis Byrne, but it was the home side who were on top for the duration of the first-half. Danny North almost opened the scoring on 11 minutes when Sean Maguire picked out the Grimsby man from the right side and crossed it in, but North could not get to it on time, and managed to just hit the side netting.

North eventually gave the Bit O Red the lead just after the half hour mark. Rovers were awarded a penalty when Andy Boyle upended Eamon Zayed in the box. The striker sent Peter Cherrie the wrong way to put the hosts ahead.

Sligo could well have doubled their lead soon afterwards, when Zayed sent it well over the bar from just inches away from goal. Seconds before half-time, former Rovers man Horgan looked like he had levelled the game when his shot from close range beat Rogers, but was blocked by Seamus Conneely.

Dundalk were troubled and although initially looking better in the second half, they soon found themselves defending once again. David Cawley’s long range effort, which was well wide, should have been a warning signal to the league leaders.

They almost found themselves further behind again when Evan McMillan took down a Zayed ball, and his lob looked like it was creeping in, but it was just wide of Cherrie’s post.

Dundalk looked dead and buried with time slowly ticking away, but Kenny’s side pulled one back with just minutes left. Dane Massey’s superb ball from the left found the unmarked McMillan, who beat Rogers to level things up.

The drama wasn’t over then, though, as Rovers defender Alan Keane was sent off for a second yellow in the 95th minute for a tackle on Patrick Hoban.

The result keeps Dundalk four points clear as Cork City could only draw with Bray Wanderers.

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Kalen Spillane, Seamus Conneely; David Cawley, Paul O’Conor; Sean Maguire; Danny North, Eamon Zayed (for Ruairi Keating 92), Evan McMillan.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey; Daryl Horgan (for David McMillan 63), Richie Towell, Chris Shields (for Ruaidhri Higgins 67), Darren Meenan; Patrick Hoban, Kurtis Byrne (for Donal McDermott 72).

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Funeral of Kenneth Fagan to take place this afternoon

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Kenneth Fagan RIP

The Funeral Mass will take place later this afternoon of Kenneth Fagan, whose body was found last Tuesday night in the Lennon Melia area.

The 23-year-old from Ashling Park had been missing since the previous Wednesday.

A tribute for Ken was organised at the Clan na Gael GFC grounds yesterday evening, with fans of his beloved Dundalk FC lighting flares and singing ‘There’s only one Kenneth Fagan.’

Removal from his home will take place at 12.30pm to the Church of the Holy Redeemer arriving for Mass at 1pm. Burial will take place afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery.

Kenneth is survived by his parents Benny and Caroline, brothers Brendan and Stephen, grandmothers Maureen Fagan and Mary Doyle, niece Maya, nephews Logan and Lucas, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

Hoban strikes late to ensure Dundalk remain four points clear

DundalkCrest2010Pat Hoban’s goal six minutes from time proved decisive as Dundalk ground out a hard fought 1-0 win against Limerick FC at Oriel Park last night to remain four points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table.

For a long period of the game, it looked like Stephen Kenny’s side were going to be frustrated for the second week running, with visiting shotstopper Barry Ryan in inspired form.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper pulled off super saves to deny Dane Massey, Richie Towell, Kurtis Byrne, Hoban and substitute David McMillan throughout.

However, Dundalk finally got the breakthrough in the 84th minute when Hoban stole in at the near post to head home a Darren Meenan corner to seal the game.

Next up for Dundalk is a tricky trip to face Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds on Monday.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan, Shields (Higgins 79), Towell, Horgan; Byrne (McMillan 70), Hoban (Mountney 89). Subs not used: Griffin, McDermott, Rossiter, Sava.
Limerick: Ryan; Nzuzi, Oji, Folan, Williams; Turner (Tracy 85), Lynch, Duggan, Hughes, Doherty (Djilali 73); Gaffney (McManus 64). Subs not used: Leahy, Agyemang, O'Connor, Cusack.
Referee: R Rogers (Dublin).

Dundalk held by neighbours as lead at the top of the table is cut to four points

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk’s lead at the top of the table was cut to four points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by neighbours Drogheda Utd in United Park last night.

The Lilywhites looked to have got off to a dream start when Pat Hoban headed home a corner on 19 minutes.

However, direct from the restart Drogheda countered with Gary O’Neill turning his marker to fire past a static Peter Cherrie.

Both sides had chances to win the game after that with Darren Meenan and Daryl Horgan both going close for Dundalk, while Brian Gartland had to head off the line in the second half.

Cork City’s late winner against St Patrick’s Athletic in Turner’s Cross meant they closed the gap back to four points.

Dundalk are next in action at home to Limerick FC on Friday night.

Drogheda United: Micheal Schlingermann; Daire Doyle, Alan McNally, Ciaran McGuigan, Shane Grimes; Cathal Brady, Michael Daly (Peter McGlynn 79), Gavan Holohan, Gavin Brennan, Carl Walshe; Gary O’Neill (Declan O’Brien 90 +2). Subs not used: Roy Kierans, Paul Andrews, Sean O’Connor, Garreth Brady, Dylan Connolly.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey; Darren Meenan, Richie Towell, Chris Shields, Daryl Horgan; Kurtis Byrne (Donal McDermott 71); Patrick Hoban (David McMillan 84). Subs not used: Mark Rossiter, Ruaidhri Higgins, Marc Griffin, Gabriel Sava.

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).

Dundalk doctor launches Gaza Toy Drive

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Blackrock-based GP Dr Samir Akhal has launched a new Gaza Toy Drive to help those suffering in Palestine at present.

The popular doctor, who also works with Dundalk FC, is appealing for people to donate first aid kits, bandages, dressing and plasters, nappies, cotton wool, baby wipes, toys and books, children’s bikes, pumps and repairs, as well as clothes for babies and children up to 18 years old.

People are asked to drop their items off at the South Beach Medical Centre in Blackrock by August 15th with further details available from Dr Samir at 042-9323421.

Dundalk to have home advantage in EA Sports Cup final

DundalkCrest2010The FAI have announced that this year’s EA Sports Cup final between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers will take place at Oriel Park on Saturday September 20th.

The venue was decided following a ballot at FAI headquarters this morning.

The game will have a 5.45pm kick-off and will be shown live on Setanta Sports.

Stephen Kenny’s side booked their place in the final with a 5-0 win over Wexford Youths in Monday’s semi-final, with the club now aiming to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.

Dundalk book place in EA Sports Cup final

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk hit Wexford Youths for five at Oriel Park yesterday evening as they comfortably booked their place in the EA Sports Cup final against Shamrock Rovers on September 20th.

Despite making 11 changes from the side that beat Cork City on Friday night, Stephen Kenny’s side were always too good for Wexford took the lead on 24 minutes when Mark Griffin headed home a corner.

It was then 2-0 in the 42nd minute following a neat finish from Keith Ward before two goals in quick succession midway through the second half put the game to bed.

Firstly, David McMillan fired low to the net before John Mountney rounded the keeper to slot home.

McMillan then added a fifth in stoppage time with a thunderous strike from 25 yards out.

Dundalk: Sava; O’Connor (Poynton 80), Rossiter, Kelly (Finnegan 68), Kaguako; Mountney, Higgins, Ward, Griffin; McDermott (McDonald 32); McMillan. Subs not used: Byrne, Meenan, Reilly, Cherrie.

Wexford Youths: G Doyle; Shortt, Cantwell, Last, Nolan; Cox (B Doyle 89), Dunne, Ryan, Wall (Browne 80), Molloy; Furlong. Subs: R Delaney, McCabe, G Delaney, Neikis.

Referee: R Harvey (Dublin).