Dundalk V Cork Tonight October 11, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
A massive night tonight in the title race as Dundalk take on Cork City. A win for Cork would take them top although you wouldn’t bet on both sides winning all their games on the run in either.
Dundalk have a crazy number of games to play in the run in. There’s 10 games in for them in October. I remember Rovers in 2011 having a crazy run in too, having to play 9 games in a month, which included trips to Russia and London. What helped Rovers then was the squad depth and their two late signings Rohan Ricketts and Jim Patterson. Ricketts got a vital winner at home against Derry and was a quality player. Dundalk have a better starting 11 , whereas Rover had a better squad back then.
It’s the lack of depth that may cost Dundalk their title. They have a core group of 17 experienced players , whilst Rovers had a group of around 21. Being able to give players a break is needed.
I’m kind of hoping Cork win tonight and win the league as it would stop Dundalk getting another shot at the Champions League, something this side were very unlucky not to qualify for. That dodgy penalty in the Aviva really scuppered their chances of progression to the group stages. I’m hoping Dundalk qualify from the Europa Group stages too this season (just in case anyone thinks I wish them ill will).
Dundalks windfall will hopefully be invested into facilities at Oriel, sustained European success over a number of years and they would be in a different league financially to everyone else.
Interesting too if Horgan gets an International call up, he deserves it. I wonder will they be able to hold on to the squad they have and now they will be able to buy the pick of the league too (although thats not really Stephen Kennys style). Will anyone try and tempt Stephen Kenny away as he will be awfully hard to replace.
Anyway hoping for a good match this evening , a win for Rovers V Dundalk on Friday and an exciting title run in.
As an aside any Shels fans here with opinions on the move to Dalymount? … Looks like they didn’t have much option. Hopefully they can attract crowds in Dalymount and give locals a different team to choose to support 🙂