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Friday 20 October 2017

Dundalk aim for Cork scalp

Chris Shields of Dundalk in action against Rory Feely of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile
Chris Shields of Dundalk in action against Rory Feely of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile

The Dundalk camp believe they can call a halt to Cork City's gallop tonight and keep the title race alive.

Cork and Dundalk have battled it out for the major trophies over the last few seasons and the top two in the league meet for the second time in the league this evening at Oriel Park, Dundalk hoping to reduce that 15-point gap between them and the leaders.

"Cork are playing well and all credit to them, you don't get that many points ahead in the table by playing badly, they are a well-oiled machine at the minute, winning a lot of games, but we want to put a stop to that this weekend," says Dundalk midfielder Chris Shields.

"How do we do that? We beat them. We have beaten them before so we know how to do it, despite the distance between us there's a good rivalry between the two teams, I think the fixture brings out the best in the two teams, so we're looking forward to the game.

"Tonight is massive for us heading into the break. We will see how we do, we're just focused on ourselves, you can get too caught up in worrying about Cork but I think we have shown in our last four performances that we're back to our best, we do our stuff well at the minute," added Shields.

Dundalk have, uncharacteristically, been leaking goals this season but they have tightened up of late, Shields insisting that confidence has been boosted by successive clean sheets.

"That's four in a row now. We pride ourselves on the clean sheets at the minute, the boys are playing well at the back," he added.

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