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).

Centre Travel put together Croatian travel package for Dundalk fans


Centre Travel's window supporting Dundalk FC

Centre Travel’s window supporting Dundalk FC

Local travel agents Centre Travel have put together a travel package for Dundalk fans hoping to take in the club’s Europa League clash with Hadjuk Split in two weeks time.

The Lilywhites booked their place in the second qualifying round with a 5-1 aggregate victory over AS Jeunesse Esch of Luxembourg in the first round.

They will host Igor Tudor’s side at Oriel Park next Thursday before the return leg takes place in Split on Thursday week, July 24th.

Central Travel, who are based in Dublin Street, have seven night packages to Croatia from €650pps. This is based on two people sharing a studio.

That price is for a trip to picturesque Dubrovnik, which is around 220km from Split. However, those interested in attending the game can travel by ferry (8.5 hours), bus (4.5 hours) or by car (3 hours).

Other packages may become available, with reports that Dundalk might charter a plane to Split for the game with limited availability for fans to travel with the team.

For further details on their Croatian package, call Centre Travel on 042 9331672.

Former Dundalk FC star set to feature on this year’s X Factor

Jamie Duffy, who covered his scar from open-chest surgery with make-up for his X Factor appearance

Jamie Duffy, who covered his scar from open-chest surgery with make-up for his X Factor appearance

A former Dundalk FC footballer is set to make a big impact on this year’s X Factor.

Jamie Duffy, who was a member of John Gill’s First Division winning side in 2008, reportedly melts the heart of Cheryl Cole in the new series after almost reducing her to tears with his story of how he had open-chest surgery to remove a tumour.

The 30-year-old, who was born in Texas, sailed through his initial studio audition in Edinburgh with all four judges giving him the thumbs up and he will now appear at the arena stage in London early next month.

Duffy sang ‘Say Something’ by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera and ‘La La La’ by Naughty Boy.

The midfield player – who also had spells at Shamrock Rovers, Longford Town, Kilkenny City and Drogheda United – played 38 times for Dundalk in the 2008 season – more than any other player. He also grabbed eight goals that season, leaving him behind only Robbie Farrell in the scoring stakes and would have played alongside current Lilywhite Simon Kelly.

Now living in Tallaght, Duffy has tried to make a musical breakthrough before having been a member of boyband Boulevard.

In March of last year his world was turned upside down when he was told he would die within a year if he did not have open-chest surgery.

He told The Sunday World: ““I felt rough for a good while, I knew there was something wrong. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

“For about six months, seven months, I wasn’t really feeling 100 per cent and at times really bad.

“The operation was very, very risky. They basically said you either have the operation or you die within a year, so I had to get the operation. What they found was a teratoma tumour.

“They did all the tests and I wasn’t cancerous afterwards,” he said. “I go back every six months, to make sure it doesn’t grow back.”

Registration now open for Barry Kehoe Summer Soccer School


Registration is now open for the Barry Kehoe Summer Soccer School, which will take place at Oriel Park from Monday August 18th to Friday August 22nd from 10.30am to 3pm each day.

The event is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6-15, and will cost just €60 for those who book before Friday July 18th. Bookings after that costs €65.

All children who attend will receive a free Dundalk FC kit, Dundalk FC water bottle, U-12 season ticket, football, certificate of completion and a meet and greet with the Dundalk FC players.

Some of the best coaches around will be in attendance at the camp with stations set to include: ball control, dribbling, shooting, passing, shielding, attacking, defending and goalkeeping.

To book please call Oriel Park on 042-9335894 or email office@dundalkfc.com. Alternatively you can call into the office from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday to fill out an application form.

Lilywhite Lounge to screen replay of Dundalk’s European victory tonight


The Lilywhite Lounge will be showing the replay of Dundalk’s Europa League victory over AS Jeunesse Esch last week tonight at 8pm.

Stephen Kenny’s side won the first leg tie in Luxembourg 2-0, courtesy of a brace from Richie Towell.

Match tickets for the second leg match this Thursday will be on sale in the bar during the game.

Dundalk FC announce capture of Donal McDermott

Donal McDermott

Donal McDermott

Dundalk FC have added Donal McDermott to their ranks.

The Ashbourne native joins Stephen Kenny’s side having been released by Bournemouth at the end of last season.

Aged 24, McDermott – who can play on either wing or up front – is a product of Cherry Orchard FC. He left Ireland to play with Manchester City in 2008 and was part of the club’s FA Youth Cup winning side that season, playing alongside the likes of Slovakian international Vladimir Weiss and Dedryk Boyata.

McDermott joins the Lilywhites as a free agent after a two spells playing for AFC Bournemouth, in which he made a total of 35 appearances for the club.  McDermott also played for Football League Championship side, Huddersfield Town, making 14 appearances and scoring 1 goal.

The 24 year old spent the previous six years playing his football in England. McDermott went on numerous loan moves whilst under contract at City, these clubs include MK Dons, Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United and AFC Bournemouth before moving on a free transfer to Huddersfield Town, and finally signing on a permanent deal with AFC Bournemouth, before making his move to Oriel Park.

He will be unavailable for selection for Thursday’s Europa League first qualifying round second leg tie against AS Jeunesse Esch but should come into contention for the clash with Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght on Sunday July 13th.