Dundalk V Linfield | Mon 11 Nov | 7.05pm | Oriel Park | Unite the Union Cup 2nd leg

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Dundalk V Linfield | Mon 11 Nov | 7.05pm | Oriel Park | Unite the Union Cup 2nd leg

Post by Ezeikial » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:04 pm

The early kick off time of 7.05pm, presumably to facilitate TV coverage, is likely to catch many people out on Monday night. It will probably also rule out some people who would otherwise attend.

Dundalk should be in the driving seat to close out this tie, based on the balance of play over the 90 minutes in Windsor Park along with the likelihood that Linfield may find their squad stretched.

The contract between the surroundings in Windsor Park and Oriel Park will not be lost on anyone who attends both legs.

Hopefully it is a good contest with Dundalk lifting the trophy to put a bit of gloss on a magnificent season.

Thoughts on likely starting team selection and if Benson or McGrath or any others have a farewell appearance?


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Post by Louth4sam » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:14 pm

Ezeikial wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:04 pm
The early kick off time of 7.05pm, presumably to facilitate TV coverage, is likely to catch many people out on Monday night. It will probably also rule out some people who would otherwise attend.
I really wish RTÉ would pillowcase off from televising our games or we had the balls to refuse to their ridiculous kick off times
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Post by Sneachta » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:21 pm

Pillowcase off?? Must remember to use that one the next time I get refused into Ridley's

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Post by El Paso » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:20 am

Think pillowcase gets auto inserted on this message board when you say fúck - pillowcase pillowcase pillowcase.

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Post by Sneachta » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:30 am

Well pillowcase me you learn something new everyday

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Post by Ezeikial » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:16 pm

Team news

Patrick McEleney and Sean Murray are the only absentees for tomorrow.
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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:03 am

Vinny Perth expects to have an unchanged squad for Monday night’s second leg of the Unite the Union Champions Cup against Linfield in Oriel Park. The League of Ireland champions, who draw the first leg 1-1 on Friday night, views the game as a second crack at a treble of sorts and an opportunity to finish what has already been a very good season on another high.
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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:08 am

Linfield will be without striker Shayne Lavery and winger Joel Cooper for Monday's second leg of the inaugural Champions Cup away to Dundalk.

Blues manager David Healy revealed that Cooper needed surgery for a nose injury he suffered in their recent Irish Premiership win over Carrick Rangers.

Lavery, who scored in Friday's 1-1 draw in the first leg at Windsor Park, will be on Northern Ireland duty.

"Joel won't be available," Healy said in an interview tweeted by Linfield.

"He is having a slight operation on his nose to help with his breathing. He took a heavy bang against Carrick which wasn't penalised, which was disappointing, but that happens in football.

"I will asses the squad. The pleasing thing is that Josh Robinson is in and around being fit again, Chris Casement came through 60-odd minutes in the Swifts while Mark Haughey is nearing a return."

Looking ahead to Monday night's match at Oriel Park, Healy said he is fully aware of what to expect from the Premier Division champions.

"I've been down there numerous times in a watching brief and it's going to be a hugely difficult task," he said.

"It's a tight ground and there will be a ferocious atmosphere - the away teams always get a hostile reception but hopefully our players can thrive on that.

"If we do our jobs and capitalise on any opportunities we make then we can come back up the road with an all-Ireland trophy."
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Post by bigalan » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:27 am

"If we do our jobs and capitalise on any opportunities we make then we can come back up the road with an all-Ireland trophy."

Words I never expected from a Linfield manager!!!!

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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:43 am

One of the positives from last Friday night was the negative reaction from many of the Dundalk contingent to the provocative chants from among their own.

Perth makes plea for respect in Linfield decider
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Post by bigalan » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:55 am

Back to the match.

Tonight is our, the fans, big opportunity to show our appreciation to this wonderful squad of players that have given us so much joy over recent times.
Absolute disappointment of falling agonising close to achieving a historic treble just 8 days ago, the players will feel that more than us. Its important to reflect on all the positives of this season. Winning the League at a canter with so many injuries throughout the season. I recall one match earlier on in the season when we were missing our entire first choice 5 in midfield. It also gives us a chance to say thank you and goodbye to a few. Looks very likely that Robbie and Jamie will be leaving. Dean and Cameron also look to be on their way. Although we didn't see as much as we may have liked of the latter two, lets give them all the send of the deserve. Tonight is a chance to claim a FOURTH trophy in Vinnys first season! Not bad for a rookie who also has just been crowned Manager of the Year. Lets make plenty of noise and in the late great Eamon Hineys words lets hear "The Oriel Roar"

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Post by Blackandwhite10 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:53 am

bigalan wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:55 am
Back to the match.

Tonight is our, the fans, big opportunity to show our appreciation to this wonderful squad of players that have given us so much joy over recent times.
Absolute disappointment of falling agonising close to achieving a historic treble just 8 days ago, the players will feel that more than us. Its important to reflect on all the positives of this season. Winning the League at a canter with so many injuries throughout the season. I recall one match earlier on in the season when we were missing our entire first choice 5 in midfield. It also gives us a chance to say thank you and goodbye to a few. Looks very likely that Robbie and Jamie will be leaving. Dean and Cameron also look to be on their way. Although we didn't see as much as we may have liked of the latter two, lets give them all the send of the deserve. Tonight is a chance to claim a FOURTH trophy in Vinnys first season! Not bad for a rookie who also has just been crowned Manager of the Year. Lets make plenty of noise and in the late great Eamon Hineys words lets hear "The Oriel Roar"
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Post by niall_hearty2000 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:07 pm

I hope they have this well policed tonight. All it will take is one wee scrote encroaching on the pitch at full time and there is the potential for it all kicking off. And hopefully our scrote concentrate on supporting DUNDALK FC tonight and not Celtic..
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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:24 pm

niall_hearty2000 wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:07 pm
I hope they have this well policed tonight. All it will take is one wee scrote encroaching on the pitch at full time and there is the potential for it all kicking off. And hopefully our scrote concentrate on supporting DUNDALK FC tonight and not Celtic..
There is something of a dilemma here - on one hand good policing and stewarding is essential to reduce the risk of flash-points. On the other hand high profile riot police and aggressive looking attack dogs don't give a great visual image to the media who will be quick to provide a negative spin on events

I'm somewhat surprised that the clubs along with Unite have not got involved in creating some good news 'co-operation' narratives similar to what happened around the Setanta Cup meetings in 2011
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Post by El Paso » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:03 pm

Great post Alan

Your post is spot on Ez, it’s a real fine line for any AIL to navigate. The scrotes are a problem, but highly visible riot cops and attack dogs make it all look so much worse.

The solution (also somewhat unfortunately) is less visible policing, cctv, fan registration and effective banning orders. But lol at that ever being invested in.

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