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County to drain the Oxygen from Dundalk

John Ryan's thoroughbreds face a daunting task on Friday night as


(Station Road, Friday 11 July, 7.45pm)

Kildare County take on second from top Dundalk at Station Road on Friday 11th July with a 7.45 kick off.

John Ryan buoyant after drawing Derry City at home in the F.A.I. Ford Cup is looking for a much improved effort from last week's display in Limerick.

“I always enjoy playing against Dundalk and our record against them is very good - lets hope we can keep it that way” he told

John is hoping to pick from a panel minus injured Philip Gorman and departed Barry Clancy.

Into the frame comes Eoin Powderly, Colin Murray (who made his debut last week) new additions Gregg Kilkenny a 6’ 2'' centre forward, Oscar Traynor centre half David O’Connell from Sundays Well and Trevor Bowers from Coill Dubh.

Our record against Dundalk is as follows

Home 10 5 2 3 18 13 5
Away 11 4 1 6 12 20 -8

21 9 3 9 30 33 -3

Dundalk will be travel in confidence after they bounced back from two successive defeats by narrowly overcoming Athlone Town at home last week thanks to a late, late Trevor Vaughan penalty. And, another win here could see the Lilywhites return to the summit after a two-month absence depending on results elsewhere.

However, despite their position in the table and their 4-0 hammering in Limerick last weekend, Dundalk manager John Gill knows that Kildare will provide a difficult hurdle, after seeing his side take just one point from two visits to the ground last season. “Nobody gets anything easy in Kildare,” Gill told KILDARECOUNTYFC.COM

“The last couple of times that they’ve come off hidings, they’ve actually done very well in the game after it. Also, Waterford only just beat them down there two weeks ago, so they’re going to be a difficult proposition. We’ve struggled down there in the past, but, hopefully, on Friday, that won’t be the case. We’re going to Kildare to get three points. We want to stay where we are, in around the top of the table. If we’re in this position coming into the last few games, I’ll be happy.”

Dundalk Team News: For the first time in a number of weeks, John Gill should have a fully fit squad to choose from. The Lilywhites are boosted by the return of defensive duo Ben Whelehan and Shane Grimes, both of whom missed last Thursday’s home win over Athlone through one-match suspensions.


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