Saturday 16 December 2017

Boyle - We can bounce right back

Dundalk steeled for Cork showdown

Dundalk's Andy Boyle
Dundalk's Andy Boyle

Andy Boyle believes that his Dundalk team-mates have the experience needed to recover from their difficult weekend and get back on track in the title race.

Saturday night was a disaster for the champions as they went down 3-0 at home to Sligo Rovers, on a night when Cork City hammered Galway United 5-0.

That reduced Dundalk's lead at the top to just one point but also harmed Dundalk's previously-impressive goal difference, Cork now two ahead of the Lilywhites in terms of goal difference.

That tees up tomorrow's clash between the top two at Oriel Park (7.05pm, live on RTE 2) as a key moment in the title race but defender Boyle says the league leaders have been able to recover from setbacks before.

"To lose 3-0 at home to Sligo was disappointing but we have to get on with it," said Boyle.

"We have been in this position before, we lost before going into a big game with Cork but we are still a point ahead. There are still five games to go after the Cork match but it's still a big game, we always knew this would be a big game when it was pencilled in, it's one to look forward to, as a player these are the games you want to play in and we have to just bounce back from this," added Boyle.

"We have done it before, played in big games and not just this season but in years gone by, they are games to look forward to. We're still disappointed with Saturday night but we just have to put it behind us and move on."

Cork lost in Dundalk in what was the title-decider last year but City are confident ahead of their trip to Co Louth.

"Tomorrow is a big game. I always felt the league would go to the wire, other people didn't think that way and thought it was over," says Cork boss John Caulfield.

"We are coming up against the greatest team that's ever been in the League of Ireland - so we are told - but we are still in there. No one gave us a chance, but we are still there and we still have six massive matches to go this season."

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