World News – GB – LOI Team News: Champions welcome leaders to Oriel Park


Two of the country’s top teams are facing each other for the last time in the Premier Division this season and we’ll bring it to you to live

Of course, the tables have been turned this year, with Shamrock Rovers leading the table and looking good to steal the Premier Division crown the Lilywhites have amassed for five of the past six seasons

Even a win for Dundalk, fourth tonight and in their two games in hand, wouldn’t close the lead to six points with five games to go, but it could at least give the Rovers food for thought.

A hundred supporters will be allowed to enter Oriel Park to watch the clash of two teams who arrive on a high

The rovers beat Waterford 6-1 on Monday as Dundalk surprised the sheriff on penalties to advance to a Europa League stages game on Thursday

Dundalk has requested that this match be postponed to help them prepare for next Thursday’s crucial clash with Faroese Klaksvik, but that was turned down, so it will be interesting to see if Filippo Giovagnoli decides to let some of the players who went through 120 difficult minutes

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Shamrock Rovers: Roberto Lopes is doing well despite a muscle injury that forced him to face WaterfordDanny Lafferty returns after missing games against AC Milan and Blues

Gary Rogers (Dundalk goalkeeper): « Shamrock Rovers are a good team and we are focused We know them and know what kind of players they have They are having a good season and are on top, so we know this will be a tough game, but we go into it with a lot of confidence after Thursday and hope we can get the three points we need « 

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers manager): « We know they are full of quality players in their entire squad and it will be a tough game but we are really looking forward to it. They are the two best teams in the country , so when you have it there will always be some big games and rivalries There is healthy respect from both groups of players, but that’s what you expect when the first two meet « 

Finn Park is home to six-point relegation as Cork City makes the trip to Ballybofey

The teams enter the game separated only by a point, Cork 10th and Harps ninth, while the visitors have a match in hand

The Leesiders, at the bottom of the ladder, arrive in search of their first away win in over a year, but have had two weeks off since their last outing, a 3-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps only got his ninth point of the season against Shelbourne with a 1-1 draw at Tolka Park last week

Finn Harps: Harps will be without David Webster and manager Ollie Horgan won’t be on the sideline with the two suspended Mark Timlin remains out while Ruairi Harkin and Mark Russell heal punches and doubt

Cork City: Kit Elliott is back and almost finished his quarantine period, but probably won’t be fit enough to feature Joseph Olowu and Alan Bennett might be available but Uniss Kargbo is a doubt Cian Bargary is back at training

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps manager): « Cork are a good team despite their position in the league It’s a very strong league this year and there is a lot of quality on the table They got a good score themselves point at Shelbourne a few weeks ago, so there isn’t much between the teams and it will be a very close game « 

Neale Fenn (Cork City Manager): « This is definitely a game not to lose I don’t think this will end the season anyway, if we win it or lose it I Heard a lot of people say that Finn Harps is better equipped than us to win this type of game, so they will watch it thinking Harps should win it, so it’s good for us not to have the pressure on us « 

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