Dundalk Set For Tricky Derry City Trip

League leaders Dundalk head to Derry City tomorrow night as they continue their march toward retaining their SSE Airtricity League title.

“It’s going to be a tough game in Derry but we have a good record there in the last few years” revealed Jamie McGrath.

“We seem to play well up there, we’d like to take that into Friday night and that will give us confidence but we are expecting a difficult game, we just want to get the win and hopefully we can.”

The lilywhites returned to action last Friday after the mid-season break with a superb 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

SSE Airtricity SWAI player of the month for May, Sean Gannon netted the only goal. On Monday, a Kenny Browne own goal and Daniel Kelly and Jamie McGrath strikes gave Dundalk a 3-0 win over Waterford at Oriel Park.

“It was a great win for us on Monday and the aim was to get three points no matter what way we played but I felt we played well against Waterford” explained McGrath.

“We probably didn’t pass it as well as we would have liked but it’s the three points that we wanted and we are delighted with that. “

“It was great to get my first start since I got back from injury and getting 90 minutes was good to get under my belt. I feel good after it.”

“I was lucky enough to get on the scoresheet on Monday, happy with my goal. Coming into Europe and the schedule that we have now to get a full game was a good boost for me.”

Dundalk top the league, eight points clear of Shamrock Rovers, with Bohemians and opponents Derry City next with St. Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers fifth and sixth.

Jordan Flores remains out for the champions with a hip flexor problem while Andy Boyle is awaiting international clearance.

There are doubts over Jamie McGrath, Sean Murray and Patrick Hoban, all will be assessed before kick-off.