Dundalk Aim To Move Clear Against Sligo

Dundalk forward Georgie Kelly wants his side to move clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League premier division.

Dundalk welcome Sligo Rovers to Oriel Park on Friday night, sitting joint top of the league with Shamrock Rovers, who are not in action.

“We are looking forward to the game against Sligo Rovers” declared Kelly, “we know that we are going to be at it. We haven’t had it easy against Sligo this year and we are going out to win.”

“They have been in good form themselves over the past few weeks but we have been good at home so we will be looking to pick up the three points.”

The champions have won nine of their last 10 league games, the exception being a 2-2 draw with Derry City, which has pleased head coach Vinny Perth.

“It has been a brilliant run for us over the past few weeks” declared Perth. “We have been in good form and we want to keep it going. We want to push on and continue our form.”

“Oriel has become a real fortress for us. We want to continue that good home form that we have had against Sligo Rovers.

“It’s not going to be easy but hopefully we can play as close to the best of our ability and go win the game.”

Sligo have got the better of Dundalk this season, on the opening day of the season, Jack Keaney put the Bit O’Red in front with Sean Murray equalising for a 1-1 draw.

While in April Romeo Parkes and Dante Leverock struck to  give Sligo all three points in a 2-1 win in the showgrounds.

Dundalk have doubts over Sean Murray who is subject to a late fitness test. John Mountney and Daniel Kelly will both be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Robbie Benson is continuing his recovery from a broken leg and Jamie McGrath remains out with a foot problem. Cameron Dummigan damaged his ankle ligaments against UCD on Monday and will likely miss the next two weeks.

While Ross Treacy comes back into the squad after training with the Ireland Under-21’s this week.