Riga V Dundalk | Weds 17 July | 5.30pm | Skonto Stadium | UEFA Champions League QFR1 Second Leg

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Re: Riga V Dundalk | Weds 17 July | 5.30pm | Skonto Stadium | UEFA Champions League QFR1 Second Leg

Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:38 am

Just so oldfogey does not flip the lid over this 'reveal' to out Latvian lurkers by El Paso, it should be known that Daniel McDonnell published this late yesterday evening
Dundalk's preparations for their crunch Champions League tie with Riga have met with a late twist after Michael Duffy stayed behind due to the imminent birth of his child - but their star winger is still expected to make the game.

Duffy had travelled to Dublin Airport this morning with the rest of the group ahead of their charter flight to Latvia.

His partner is expecting and the hope was that it would not impact on his involvement in Wednesday's second leg with Riga.

However, it's understood that Duffy received a call at the airport telling him that he needed to return home.

The Dundalk squad duly departed for Latvia where they arrived late this afternoon.

Club officials are making arrangements for Duffy to travel independently to arrive in time for the match.

The tie is poised delicately after last Wednesday's scoreless draw in Oriel Park.
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Re: Riga V Dundalk | Weds 17 July | 5.30pm | Skonto Stadium | UEFA Champions League QFR1 Second Leg

Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:43 am

Daniel McDonnell getting little sleep as he posts another piece in the early hours of this morning
Benson targets Riga impact after overcoming battle to regain fitness
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Post by colymull » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:37 am

El Paso wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:38 am
So Michael Duffy hasn’t travelled as his partner went into labour. He may yet go out but looks like we’re without him. Switch Dano Kelly over or go 4-3-3?
I'm no midwife but if his partner went into labour early Monday, all going well, young baby Duffy should arrive by today if not already!! I'd say Daddy Duffy will be ok to travel!

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Re: Riga V Dundalk | Weds 17 July | 5.30pm | Skonto Stadium | UEFA Champions League QFR1 Second Leg

Post by Adam » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:13 am

El Paso wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:38 am
So Michael Duffy hasn’t travelled as his partner went into labour. He may yet go out but looks like we’re without him. Switch Dano Kelly over or go 4-3-3?
That's not good. With McEleany also struggling, a lot is riding on McGrath.
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Post by oldfogey » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:19 am

Ezeikial wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:38 am
Just so oldfogey does not flip the lid over this 'reveal' to out Latvian lurkers by El Paso, it should be known that Daniel McDonnell published this late yesterday evening
Dundalk's preparations for their crunch Champions League tie with Riga have met with a late twist after Michael Duffy stayed behind due to the imminent birth of his child - but their star winger is still expected to make the game.

Duffy had travelled to Dublin Airport this morning with the rest of the group ahead of their charter flight to Latvia.

His partner is expecting and the hope was that it would not impact on his involvement in Wednesday's second leg with Riga.

However, it's understood that Duffy received a call at the airport telling him that he needed to return home.

The Dundalk squad duly departed for Latvia where they arrived late this afternoon.

Club officials are making arrangements for Duffy to travel independently to arrive in time for the match.

The tie is poised delicately after last Wednesday's scoreless draw in Oriel Park.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer ... 16125.html
I shall be "live streaming" direct from the delivery room about an hour before kickoff to further promote our fake news.

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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:08 am

oldfogey wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:19 am

I shall be "live streaming" direct from the delivery room about an hour before kickoff to further promote our fake news.
RTE are doing their best to confuse issues in this intriguing propaganda battle


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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:05 pm

Rainy day in Riga

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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:41 pm

It always worries me when Stuey Byrne is confident
Stuart Byrne column: Dundalk have the know-how to go to Riga and get a result in return leg
Dundalk have been here and done it before and their home results haven’t always been great in Europe
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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:05 pm

Dundalk FC may cash in where Riga refused to gamble - second leg overview
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Keith Wallace 16 Jul 2019

Dundalk FC may cash in where Riga refused to gamble when they once again look to maximise the value of an away goal in the Champions League.

The rule has long been debated and UEFA have recently explored the idea of scrapping it. However, Dundalk will be eternally grateful for it shaped their European odyssey three years ago, and it could come into play in Latvia on Wednesday night.

FH, in 2016, and Rosenborg, 12 months later, left Oriel Park with 1-1 draws, believing that half their job was done in those knockout ties. Riga will no doubt have departed Ireland with a similar mindset.

Dundalk, though, managed to net in Iceland, twice to progress, and Norway, where they were unluckily edged out in extra-time. Indeed, they have scored in 10 of the 11 countries that they have visited since 2014 – Cyprus last year is the exception.

The Lilywhites may well have lured Riga into a false sense of security after, by their own admission, having an off-night in the first leg. The Latvian champions, too, remain largely an unknown, with a 0-0 draw meaning mission accomplished as far as they are concerned.

t was a case of expect the unexpected for Vinny Perth’s players, who had studied their opponents at length in the build-up to the tie. Riga, though, may yet regret their negative approach.

“We kind of had a feeling they were going to do that, but in the video analysis during the week, they didn’t play like that at all,” Patrick Hoban, who carried the captain’s armband, remarked.

“We did have a feeling that they were going to come here and sit in. It was very difficult to break down. They doubled up on Michael Duffy, they had two sitting midfielders in front of me, and it was a frustrating night.”

Duffy, himself, admitted his annoyance at being unable to force a breakthrough on home turf, with the Latvians successfully nullifying the winger’s threat.

“We had most of the ball, but in the attacking third we weren’t good enough from wide, from myself,” the 24-year-old said afterwards. “I was just forcing some things, really. I could have taken my time with a few things; it might have opened up space.

“Usually, we’re a bit better than that. We had so much possession. That’s why it’s so frustrating. We didn’t even have that many clear-cut chances – it’s unlike us, really. We’ll need to work on that for the second leg. It was an off-night, from myself and the attacking players.”

Clearly frustrated, but Dundalk are confident that they will score in the tie. They predict that Riga will come out of their shell at the Skonto Stadium, where the Irish champions have suggested they can exploit the wider pitch.

“This team has been down this road before,” first-team coach John Gill says. “We’re not going to panic. It was important that we kept a clean sheet at home.

“One thing is for sure, when we go over there on Wednesday, they’re going to have to come out and play. They sat in and they were dangerous on the counter-attack in the first leg, but they didn’t really offer much at times, I didn’t feel.

“I don’t think a) that we’ll have as poor a night in the last third as we had, and b) they have to come out and play, so we’ll be confident of scoring over there.”

That is a sentiment that is echoed throughout the team, with Hoban adding: “We fancy ourselves to score in any game, and it just makes it probably harder on them if we go and score – they have to score two.

“The way we are defensively, we defend very well, and if we score over there it makes it a tough ordeal for them because they’ll have to come out of their shell a bit. You know what we’re like when a team comes out of their shell – we can catch them on the break with our pace.”

Another key to progression will be Dundalk’s defence. The club have only kept two clean sheets in their 12 away European games over the last five years – at Jeunesse Esch in Luxembourg in 2014 and against Levadia Tallinn in Estonia 12 months ago.

While the Louth side would gladly take a 1-1 result, they will be keen to add to that clean sheet count. It’s by no means necessary, though.

Gary Rogers produced two fines saves to keep Riga out in the first leg – which could yet prove the most important aspect of this tie – and the experienced stopper hopes history repeats itself when Dundalk land in Latvia.

“European football, Champions League football is never easy – I remember the FH game, we drew 1-1 at home and that was considered a poor result at the time,” Rogers recalls.

“We went there, got two goals, drew the game and got through. This is just the start of it; hopefully, we can put in a good performance over there and keep ourselves in the Champions League.”

Dundalk’s supporters, and their ambitious American owners, will certainly hope so.
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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:05 pm

Will he, won't he?

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Michael Duffy is still in Ireland as his partner is about to give birth to their first child. Dundalk have two flights to Riga lined up for him but it's still not 100pc that he will be here.
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Post by Sneachta » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:11 pm

Had another look at the first leg.

In all honesty, if we score first, I think we are capable of winning.

These guys are nowhere near the calibre of larnaca.

Without being over confident, I think we can do it 1-0 or 2-1.

We will certainly be under pressure from early on. Weather that, and not get loose like the second half in Oriel, we could be good.

Would like to see Kelly get a go tomorrow as he has a lot more pace than Duffy. Duffy has something special in his locker that could be revealed at any moment, but with the chances of him making it reducing, the quick release ball to Kelly could open up their defence. He has great skill and more than capable of scoring for us.

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Post by colymull » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:21 pm

Just seen a wee bit of the press conference. Does Massey being put before the press mean hes a starter tomorrow and also VP says Michael Duffy is on route!!

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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:46 pm

Dundalk FC kit manager Noel Walsh gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the team hotel one day before our big #UCL clash with Riga FC.

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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:05 pm

For what it is worth..........
Team news

Jordan Flores and Stephen Folan are out with hip flexor and knee injuries respectively. Chris Shields is touch and go with a facial injury sustained last week. Michael Duffy did not travel with the rest of the squad yesterday, but he is expected to be in the match day squad.
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