Wednesday 26 September 2018

Dundalk focus on UCC exam

DUNDALK captain Stephen O'Donnell (pictured) has promised that the league leaders will not drop their high standards as they head south to play non-league side UCD in the EA Sports Cup tonight.

The Lilywhites made it five wins in a row with Friday's 1-0 defeat of Derry City, and supporters will expect the side to advance past UCC at the Mardyke (8.0pm) and into the semi-finals of the competition.

"We are under no illusions about going down there," says O'Donnell. "A quarter-final of a cup is a big game for us.

"It's not every day you get into the final stages of a competition so that's our main focus. We can't take our eyes off that. I actually saw UCC win the Collingwood Cup.

"They're going to be really up for it tonight and they're a good side.

"It's a big game, a quarter-final, and it's going to be difficult but hopefully we can get through."

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is likely to rest some players - eight Dundalk players have started every league game so far - and give a run-out to squad players like Jake Kelly and Kurtis Byrne.

Also tonight, Galway United host Bohemians for the second time in four days, Tommy Dunne's side on a high after a 5-3 win over Bohs in the league on Friday night.

"We know Bohemians are going to have a good go at us after the other night," says Dunne.

"They'll be looking to turn us over but we'll be concentrating on progressing to the semi-final.

"We've got to make sure that we're focused on the game and that we work as hard as we did the other night, if not harder."

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