Dundalk looking for record breaking win ahead of title presentation
Dundalk FC V Sligo Rovers
Preview by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.
Having already secured this seasons league title a fortnight ago, Stephen Kenny’s dominant “Lilywhites” pounced to set a new goals record last time out when the newly crowned champions put two past Waterford in a 2-1 win at the RSC. In another positive for the FAI Cup finalists, inspirational skipper, Stephen O’Donnell returned from a nightmare injury spell on Monday night to play a full forty-five minutes in a charity friendly against Newry City. If all of that wasn’t enough for the County Louth side, supporters of “the Town” could witness history at Oriel Park on Friday night as a win for the home side would set a new League of Ireland points total, breaking Bohemians tally of 85 points set exactly a decade ago.
Sligo Rovers stand in the way of Stephen Kenny’s side and history on Friday night and yet the “Bit O’Reds” current situation couldn’t be any more of a contrast to that of their illustrious hosts. Dumped out of the Irn-Bru cup by Motherwell’s under-20’s at the weekend, Sligo manager Ger Lyttle has paid for another lackluster league campaign with his job after the clubs decision makers announced the former Cliftonville managers contract would not be renewed for next year. As a result, Lyttle will not be the man on the sideline in Oriel Park with the clubs under-19 boss Brian Dorrian taking charge ahead of what is a daunting trip for the struggling West of Ireland side.
If Sligo’s task wasn’t already tough enough this weekend, the “Bit O’Red” will have to make do without the services of flying wide-man Caolan McAleer, who must sit out the trip to the champions through suspension. As for Dundalk, their midfielder general Chris Shields was today named as the SSE Airtricity League player of the month. Meanwhile, fellow long-serving Town midfielder, John Mountney has this week signed a new two-year contract with the Ardee Road club.
With all eyes on Patrick Hoban’s attempt to break thirty-league-goals this season, he currently sits on twenty-seven, the bookmakers don’t expect Stephen Kenny’s side to let up with “the Town” as short as 2/9 in the betting.
Dundalk FC V Sligo Rovers kicks-off at Oriel Park at 7:45pm and is live on RTE2 with the trophy presentation following the game.
Betweenthestripes.ie will have full coverage of tomorrow nights game from Oriel with live match updates on our @BetweenStripes Twitter account, while @KieranBTS will have an on the whistle report in the match reports section of our website. We will also be bringing you some big name post match interviews.