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'WE NEED PASSION' - Kenny urges Dundalk FC fans to make some noise during tonight's match with Cork City

'Let's go and try to beat Cork'

Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly


'WE NEED PASSION' - Kenny urges Dundalk FC fans to make some noise during tonight's match with Cork City

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

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny wants the club's supporters to really get behind his team during Friday night's crucial league clash with champions Cork City at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites welcome John Caulfield's side back to the Carrick Road less than a month after their dramatic President's Cup meeting where the Rebels turned around a two-goal half-time deficit to record a 4-2 victory.

However, with the majority of his squad having recovered from injury and in contention for places, Kenny has urged fans to inspire the team against the Leesiders.

“We need flags, we need passion, we need singing. We need all that stuff,” Kenny told The Dundalk Democrat.

“That was a big part of us being successful and we must not lose that. We need positivity around the ground, that even if it's not going well for one or two that we get behind everyone.

“We have to be passionate. I'm proud to be manager of this club and it's been a great period and I'm hungry for more success. I want all the players to want that and I want all the supporters to really embrace it.

“Let's go and try to beat Cork,” he said with vigour.

Kenny admitted that he has something of a selection dilemma following the return to fitness of captain Stephen O'Donnell amongst others. However, it's a problem that he's pleased to have with John Mountney the only player still out through injury.

Brian Gartland and Seán Hoare returned to the central defence for Sunday's friendly encounter with Warrenpoint Town. In their absence, Daniel Cleary and Stephen Folan have been superb and when asked if Gartland and Hoare would find it difficult to dislodge the pair, Kenny would not be drawn.

Speaking specifically on the Cork match, Kenny talked about their ambitions.

“They had the upper hand last year in the league and that was significant so we have to address that and try to win the game at home. We have got a big home support and we're a very proud team here, a very proud club and we want to remain with our clean sheet intact for the fourth successive game and to win the game. That's our ambition,” he added.