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Friday 18 August 2017

Gary Rodgers: Dundalk can retain league championship

28 February 2015; Dundalk FC players celebrate with the President's Cup. Presidents Cup Final, Dundalk FC v St.Patrick's Athletic. Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth
28 February 2015; Dundalk FC players celebrate with the President's Cup. Presidents Cup Final, Dundalk FC v St.Patrick's Athletic. Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth

DUNDALK keeper Gary Rogers reckons that the league champions are already looking well-placed to defend their league title after landed some early-season silverware.

Stephen Kenny's side picked up the President's Cup thanks to a 2-1 win over FAI Cup holders St Patrick's Athletic in front of a healthy crowd - which included the trophy sponsor, president Michael D Higgins - at Oriel Park.

Dundalk had to come from behind as Christopher Forrester put Pats in front but a rapid response from Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan gave Dundalk the win and the trophy, giving the Lilywhites a nice confidence boost ahead of the new season season which starts on Friday.

"It was a good game, playing St Pats is a really good test and it's a good indication of where we are heading into the start of the season," says former Pats keeper Gary Rogers.

"We're in good shape and we know if we produce our stuff we will be there or there-abouts."

Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon has completed his squad-building for the new term with a triple signing for Shamrock Rovers. He has drafted in the Irish born ex-SPL pair of Tim Clancy and Gareth McCaffrey as well as Frenchman Max Blanchard.

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