Dundalk V UCD | Mon 27 May | 7.45 | Oriel Park | EA Sports Cup Q-F

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Dundalk V UCD | Mon 27 May | 7.45 | Oriel Park | EA Sports Cup Q-F

Post by Ezeikial » Thu May 23, 2019 6:33 pm

It no surprise to learn that the club (presumably with the agreement of UCD) have lower prices for the EA Sports Cup Quarter-Final on Monday evening. The one-price admission of €5 is probably lower than anticipated. Kudos to all those involved in this decision.
Tickets for Dundalk FC’s EA SPORTS Cup tie against UCD AFC are at a reduced price of €5 to all areas for everyone wishing to attend.

The Lilywhites take on UCD in the quarter-final of the competition at Oriel Park on Monday, 27 May. Kick-off at 19.45.

Supporters can purchase tickets online 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2M1iD7v or from the office at Oriel Park.

Also, Temple Street Children’s Hospital Foundation will be fundraising at this game so please donate generously if you can.
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Post by seand » Fri May 24, 2019 8:51 am

With a bit of flexibility this should be upgraded to the league match which is being postponed in June! The EA Cup game can be shoved in some time, but it'd be nice to get the league game played.
Anyway, very much a second string team for this one I expect.

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Post by McNultys Discopants » Fri May 24, 2019 10:46 am

seand wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 8:51 am
With a bit of flexibility this should be upgraded to the league match which is being postponed in June! The EA Cup game can be shoved in some time, but it'd be nice to get the league game played.
Anyway, very much a second string team for this one I expect.
Nonsensical statement! Talk about devaluing the competition! Sure let's just scrap it altogether shall we.

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Post by seand » Fri May 24, 2019 12:21 pm

McNultys Discopants wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 10:46 am
seand wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 8:51 am
With a bit of flexibility this should be upgraded to the league match which is being postponed in June! The EA Cup game can be shoved in some time, but it'd be nice to get the league game played.
Anyway, very much a second string team for this one I expect.
Nonsensical statement! Talk about devaluing the competition! Sure let's just scrap it altogether shall we.
Devalue the EA Cup or devalue the league..... let me think............ I reckon a first team league match should take priority over a second team cup match

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Post by Ezeikial » Fri May 24, 2019 1:14 pm

The EA Sports Cup assumes a level of importance if you are a mid table club free from relegation and out of European contention. Otherwise its when/if you reach the final,
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Post by oldfogey » Fri May 24, 2019 2:40 pm

Let's not forget the elephant in the room. If we get to the final on 14 September, the league game the night before (at home to Rovers) will get dropped and refixed for midweek. I really don't want a game of that magnitude down for a night when we cant maximise the crowd. That's apart from the problem of cramming in games. Don't forget we are already GUARANTEED 4 weeks of European football. Each round we win adds 2 more weeks. We are all hoping for EL group stage football, but we will have to play 8 weeks in a row to get there. That clashes with 5 League games, EA Sports Cup SF, and 3 rounds of the FAI Cup. Only the fixture from the 1st leg of the 1st round had been brought forward up to now, but we are back to square one in terms of midweek games to be played, given that the UCD game in June has been called off.
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Post by niall_hearty2000 » Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm

Ezeikial wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 1:14 pm
The EA Sports Cup assumes a level of importance if you are a mid table club free from relegation and out of European contention. Otherwise its when/if you reach the final,
Was good enough to be Kenny's first trophy with us though wasn't it!
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Post by paul1 » Fri May 24, 2019 3:48 pm

Word from the office yesterday was that the club did try and get Monday night as a league game, but UCD/ FAI wouldn’t agree to it..

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Post by Ezeikial » Fri May 24, 2019 4:15 pm

niall_hearty2000 wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Ezeikial wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 1:14 pm
The EA Sports Cup assumes a level of importance if you are a mid table club free from relegation and out of European contention. Otherwise its when/if you reach the final,
Was good enough to be Kenny's first trophy with us though wasn't it!
For sure, although it probably only became important when we actually reached the final.

Before and after that final, our primary focus was rightly on our league challenge
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Post by El Paso » Fri May 24, 2019 4:16 pm

The fixture scheduling is a shitshow every year and there are some very easy fixes without compromising the integrity of competitions. The League Cup should be played on the bank holiday Mondays with the final on the June bank holiday Monday. The four euro teams should have their two week break in June and the six non euro teams theirs in July to avoid postponements. Alternative fixtures for international breaks could be lined up at the start of the season.

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Post by El Paso » Fri May 24, 2019 4:38 pm

Another thing to remember is that the League Cup replaced the Shield back when there were only 20-something games in a League season. With 36 it’s hard to justify keeping it in its present format. Perhaps if it was contested as a 5-round mini tournament in July between the previous year’s 16 non-Euro qualifiers with the Final on the August Bank Holiday and a decent cash prize? And let the 4 Euro sides focus in Europe?

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Post by dell1 » Fri May 24, 2019 5:38 pm

niall_hearty2000 wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Ezeikial wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 1:14 pm
The EA Sports Cup assumes a level of importance if you are a mid table club free from relegation and out of European contention. Otherwise its when/if you reach the final,
Was good enough to be Kenny's first trophy with us though wasn't it!
I agree, and its hard to not want all the silverware going. I dont think any of us will be too quick to forget the barren years to thumb our noses at even the League Cup. But success has forced our hand in having to prioritise. If a reserve/youth team combination get to the final then its a bonus. I'd like to think that the owners would leave all football matters to the coaching staff but they will see the spoils of Europe as priority, by extension the league title and not so much a now minor trophy in the cabinet. I think that our second string with a favourable draw would get us to the LC Final and let those players have their day. I can understand UCD not willing to switch and shows they havent given up on their league season and want to prepare for the league game properly. I dont see what difference it would make to the FAI bar other clubs moaning at any help the switch could give. It's nuts how a relatively big squad doesnt seem so big when you look at the potential schedule, and that's without carrying any injuries or considering like for like calibre of players.

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Post by Ezeikial » Sun May 26, 2019 3:09 pm

Something of a contradiction in that Vinny Perth is saying that they will "go all out for it" and yet it is also clear that this will not be a first choice team

Dundalk FC taking EA SPORTS Cup 'very seriously' ahead of UCD's second visit to Oriel this season

Looking ahead to the tie, Perth – whose side entertain Sligo Rovers in the league on Friday – said: “Monday’s game is all we’re focused on, trying to get a team fit on the pitch. We’ll be strong in certain areas and not so strong in other areas because of injuries. We’ll have a couple of young players in around the squad.

“But at the same time, it’s a competition we want to win. You get to a quarter-final, it’s a game we want to win and we’ll go all out for it.
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Post by Ezeikial » Sun May 26, 2019 6:56 pm

Some of the selections will be dictated by fitness and VP's intentions for next Friday particularly in relation to

Daniel Cleary or Brian Gartland
Sean Murray or Jordan Flores
Daniel Kelly or John Mountney

Subject to fitness, I expect that 3 of the above plus all of the 7 below below are likely to play

Aaron McCarey
Cameron Dummigan
Dane Massey
Stephen Folan
Georgie Kelly
Lido Lotefa
Dylan Hand


Many of the lads who have appeared in the team or squad for earlier EA Sports or LSC rounds should also be in contention

Mark Hanratty
Cian Lee
Aaron McNally
James Carroll
Jordan Maguire
James Wynne
Ross Treacy
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Post by Ezeikial » Sun May 26, 2019 8:02 pm

It's hard to know what this indecipherable team news actual means.

It seems to suggest that there will be an assessment (access) of players fitness either after training today or pre-match tomorrow. My interpretation of it is that none of the four players named will play
Team news

After 3 extremely tough games in 7 days , we have many injury issues Robbie Benson Jamie McGrath are joined by Sean Murray and Patrick McEleney after training today. We will have to access how the players recover and pick the team accordingly.
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