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Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny reckons tonight's match with Shamrock Rovers is on a 'knife-edge'

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Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly


Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny reckons tonight's match with Shamrock Rovers is on a 'knife-edge'

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

From Tuesday's print edition of The Dundalk Democrat

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny reckons tonight’s match with Shamrock Rovers rests on a ‘knife-edge’.

A home win, the Lilywhites’ 14 league triumph in succession, would put them six points clear at the division’s summit with seven games to play. However, Kenny is adamant that Rovers, who come to Oriel Park needing a win to stay in the hunt for third position, and a guaranteed European place, will be a stern proposition.

“The game is going to be on a knife-edge, but the players have been very consistent and putting in terrific performances, and, obviously, we want to keep the winning run going,” Kenny told The Democrat.

“Every single game, you have to prove yourself again.  If you’re any way below par, any team in the league can beat you. Shamrock Rovers have good players and we’ll have to be at our best. 

“We knew that five games in 14 days was the sternest of tests. We’ve won three of them, but we probably have our toughest one in the sequence against Shamrock Rovers. It’s a great game, it always is,” he added.

Captain Stephen O’Donnell and Karolis Chvedukas remain Dundalk’s only injury absentees.

Rovers, meanwhile, will be minus Luke Byrne and Seán Boyd for the clash, with Gary Shaw likely to recover from his recent fitness issues.

The Hoops lost their last league fixture 1-0 to Bohemians in the Dublin derby and are under pressure to keep on Waterford’s coat-tails.

And their manager, Stephen Bradley, feels they can cause an upset.

“We always do well up there and I’m sure Tuesday will be no different,” said Bradley. “I’m sure it’ll be a tight game.

“We’re capable of beating any team in the league, so we’re all looking forward to it.”

Dublin’s Robert Harvey is the match referee.