Waterford V Dundalk | Fri 20 Sept | 7.45pm | RSC | Matchday 31

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Waterford V Dundalk | Fri 20 Sept | 7.45pm | RSC | Matchday 31

Post by Ezeikial » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:40 pm

A vital stepping stone. 3 points in Waterford obviously means that the clinching of the league title can happen the following Monday night in Oriel. Anything else could be something of an anti-climax

It will be a significant challenge for Vinny Perth and the management team to get the focus and team selections right for this one, while also considering the two big matches that follow. While the reality is that the league is clearly our number 1 priority and all the talk will be focused on "the next match being the biggest one", VP will be considering how he manages these league games and still have his first choice eleven fit and fresh for the cup semi final in Sligo.


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Post by Robbiedundalk2 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:52 pm

Agree this is going to be a challenge and the squad will have to be used, lots of tried bodies in extra time last night. Really hope we win more to chalk off another victory then setting up Monday. Great to win it against Rovers but let’s just win it

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Post by El Paso » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:20 am

I'd rest as many as possible. We're still good enough to beat Waterford.

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Post by seand » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:03 am

It came up in conversation elsewhere, but our domestic record since losing back to back league games in April is utterly insane. Played 27, won 24 the other 3 were all 2-2 draws with Derry (including the EA Cup final)

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Post by marmulade » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:44 pm

Beating Waterford would give us the platform to win the league at home to Rovers, in front of a big crowd, and the live TV cameras. For that reason, I hope that we do so, and also the fact that the three points available on Friday night are of the same value as any other potential win. Winning the league at home to Rovers would, let's be honest, be pretty special.

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Post by Ezeikial » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:28 pm

RTE2 coverage starts at 7.30om on Friday night. Presumably live tv will deter many from travelling who might otherwise go
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Post by Robbiedundalk2 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:44 pm

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Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:28 pm
RTE2 coverage starts at 7.30om on Friday night. Presumably live tv will deter many from travelling who might otherwise go
I think there is a big group that has booked to go several months ago so hopefully crowd will be large and vocal. Can’t wait and if anyone needs a lift I will be travelling from Dublin leaving around 5pm, let me know.

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Post by Ezeikial » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:41 pm

Team news

John Mountney remains sidelined with a metatarsal injury and Jordan Flores is also out with a thigh problem. We have no suspension issues and Sean Murray may play some part after a knee issue.
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Post by Ezeikial » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:43 pm

Could this team news be a new glasnost from the club and actually be the first one that proves correct this season?
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Post by Ezeikial » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:46 am

So many records being set that it's hard to keep up with them - a new one to be set tonight if we remain unbeaten in Waterford.

C'mon Seand, we can't be relying on the journos for this key info!

Dundalk FC can smash another club record this weekend

Dundalk FC’s domination of the domestic game has only ever been rivalled by Waterford, and it is there where Vinny Perth can smash another record of the club’s illustrious history this weekend in a season that, statistically, suggests they are as untouchable as they have ever been.

In the euphoria that followed their dramatic penalty shootout win over Derry City in the EA SPORTS Cup final last Saturday, it was lost that Dundalk had just set a new club record of 27 domestic games undefeated (24 wins, 3 draws) – breaking past the 26 achieved across 2014 and 2015.

It is a matter of when, not if, Perth will lead The Lilywhites to a fifth league title in six years. It could be confirmed as early as next Monday.


Only Waterford – with five titles in six seasons (matched by Cork United back in the 1940s), and six in eight, during the 1960s and ‘70s – have had a stranglehold on Irish football for this length of time. Dundalk are now the first-ever club to achieve seven successive top-two finishes.

Given the boom and bust nature of the game here, where clubs fall as quickly as they rise, such dominance never seemed likely again. The opposition hoped – and expected – that the departure of Stephen Kenny would slow Dundalk down. If anything, the gap has widened.

Perth, and first-team coach John Gill, have more than once noted the question marks and criticisms around their management structure earlier this season.

They felt intense heat after a second straight defeat in Sligo in April, when many felt they were staring down the barrel. To have emerged from that fire by masterminding Dundalk’s best-ever run of results in over 90 years of competition is extraordinary.

This weekend, they could be crowned champions in stunning style by breaking the club’s league record of 22 games unbeaten, achieved across two seasons in the early ‘90s. Dundalk are currently on a run of 21 and, by avoiding defeat in Waterford on Friday, they would break their in-season record of that number, which was set in the 1975/76 campaign.

They could, too, still break the 90-point barrier for the very first time in the League of Ireland, having accumulated the current record total of 87 themselves 12 months ago. The domestic treble – only ever once achieved, by Derry back in 1989 – is also firmly in focus.

Perth’s players will hope to secure the second leg of that treble as soon as possible and they can do so with back-to-back wins this weekend. Friday’s trip to the RSC (7:45pm) is followed by Monday’s visit of Shamrock Rovers to Oriel Park (7:20pm).

Dundalk – the most successful club in the Premier Division era with seven titles since its introduction in 1985 (they spent nine of those 34 seasons in the First Division) – refuse to accept that this league is done and dusted.

“It’s not over until the fat lady sings,” Gill insists, with six games still remaining. “We have put ourselves into a fantastic position. You would like to think that we will put it to bed, but until it actually happens, we’re not going to take anything for granted.”

In reality, the destination of the title was decided when they beat Rovers in June. The Hoops have improved this year to move into second after the fall of Cork City. However, they have not laid a glove on a Dundalk team who, incredibly, have conceded just 13 goals in 30 league outings.

To have performed as they have this season is all the more remarkable given Perth’s rotation policy – particularly in defence – which has proven masterful, and the number of injuries they have suffered, mainly in midfield.

It has been the definition of a team effort. No single player has constantly grabbed the headlines. One that does deserve special praise, however, is Seán Gannon, the humble marauding right-back that rarely receives his due recognition from anyone outside of Dundalk.

He has been part of a mostly watertight defence, and he has popped up with two huge goals – that winner at Tallaght Stadium in June and the equaliser in Derry which forced extra-time and ultimately penalties.

Last Saturday was the ninth notable trophy for Gannon in his sixth season at the club – four Premier Divisions, two FAI Cups and now three League Cups. Personally, he has been part of the title-winning squad in five of the last six years, having also won it with St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2013.

“I’ve been blessed since I came here,” Gannon says. “I’ve been part of great squads and great teams that have had success.”

A voice of experience, he, like Gill, wants the champagne to remain on ice. “There is a lot of football to be played,” the 28-year-old adds. “A lot of league games, tough games. We need to make sure that we just stay grounded and stay focussed, like we always do.

“Just take it game by game. We’ll prepare for Waterford on Friday and that’s all we’ll be looking at – we won’t be looking further than that.”

Seventh-placed Waterford should not be taken lightly having won their last two league outings at Turner’s Cross and Dalymount Park, scoring late in both. Those results have, effectively, confirmed Premier Division football for The Blues in 2020 and give them a free shot at the champions, who are currently 10 points clear at the top.

Rovers host St. Pat’s on Friday, but even if the Hoops were to lose, Monday is the earliest that Dundalk can be crowned.

Barring a shock result in Waterford, a fitting stage will be formed for the club to claim their 14th league title and move to within three of Rovers’ record 17. “A dream situation”, as midfielder Jamie McGrath put it.

Wary, he says: “We can’t look to the Rovers match. Obviously, it might work out well if things go our way. But you get caught if you think about games in advance in this league. You can’t afford to take your eye off the ball. It would be a dream situation, but we can’t look beyond Waterford.”

Supporters unable to make the trip can watch the action unfold at the RSC live on RTÉ, whose cameras will then roll into Oriel Park for a mouth-watering Monday night showdown.
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Post by Johnnybegood33 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

Pat’s could beat Rovers , tonight. That would be that.

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Post by Ezeikial » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:06 am

Johnnybegood33 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am
Pat’s could beat Rovers , tonight. That would be that.
Even if Rovers lose tonight they could still reach 79 points, while a win in Waterford would have us on 77 points
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Post by seand » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:26 am

Hmm, I think someone in the Democrat has been reading my records thread, which will be updated in due course! The domestic treble has been done by more than just Derry, incidentally. Indeed Rovers did a pentuple.

We're ten points clear now with 6 games to play. If we win we'll be 10, 11 or 13 points clear with five to go, so we can't win it tonight even if Rovers lose. If Rovers win tonight and we don't we'll be 7 or 8 points clear and not in a position to win the league on Monday.

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Post by El Paso » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:20 pm

This is a small whinge, because I think this season could be the most impressive since 2014 (considering), but I really hate that thing we do where we give it to a full back, who runs to halfway, then checks back, passes it to a centre half, who gives it to the other full back, rinse and repeat. It actually helps our opponents hold their shape and push up on us in midfield.

Don't think we should have played Shields tonight. Game has passed him by so far and he was already the most in need of a rest. They're having a bit of a collective stinker with Waterford pressing hard.

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