Dundalk's Horgan targets Cork
Daryl Horgan believes that his Dundalk side can take a big step towards retaining their league title if they can overcome second-placed Cork City in Turner's Cross tonight.
Since Dundalk lost at home to Cork in March, the champions' form has been stunning, nine wins and just the one draw in 10 league games in that time.
Cork are no slouches, City on a run of seven straight wins in the league, five clean sheets in the last six. but Dundalk's form has been recognised as winger Daryl Horgan has been named as the May player of the month by the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland.
"It's very exciting with first versus second. It should be a cracking atmosphere and it would be massive for us to go down there and try to pick up the three points," says Horgan, who joined Dundalk from Cork.
Defeat at home to Cork early in the season hurt, but the Galway native insists that tonight's game, shown live on TV, is not a case of revenge.
"I wouldn't say we owe them one, I wouldn't go along the lines of that. We want to win, like we want to win every game and we want to go seven points clear, which we would with a win," added Horgan.
"I'm sure Cork will be looking at this and hoping that they can win so that they can close the gap. It'll be tight without being massively cagey.
"I think there's a bit of the edge to these games now over the last few years with us both going for the title. Then there was the FAI Cup final last year too."
Dundalk have been tested of late and they had to come from behind and scrape an injury time goal to beat Wexford Youths 3-2 last weekend, while two wins for Cork over Dundalk (one in the league and one in the President's Cup) is also a factor which Cork hope they can exploit.
"We hadn't beaten them since I had taken over, but, this year, we have beaten them twice in two games, which has given us great encouragement," says manager John Caulfield.
"We are keeping clean sheets and doing the basics right, but we are scoring more goals than in other years and we have a number of goalscorers which is important.
"We want to win the game and, being at home, we are expecting a massive atmosphere."