SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

'Probably our biggest game of the season is Friday against Cork'

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly


'Probably our biggest game of the season is Friday against Cork'

Dundalk FC head coach Vinny Perth is looking forward to his side's game against Cork City at Turner's Cross on Friday night. (Pic: Sportsfile)

Vinny Perth reckons Friday night’s visit to Cork City could be Dundalk FC’s biggest game of the season.

The champions travel to Turner’s Cross (7:45pm) as SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders following a seven-match unbeaten run which culminated in last week’s 2-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

It’s the first time in the new head coach’s reign that the Lilywhites sit top and came just 28 days after Dundalk fell 13 points behind then leaders Shamrock Rovers.

However, Perth is determined to maintain his side’s strong run against a Cork side who sit eighth after 16 games.

“Probably our biggest game of the season is Friday against Cork,” Perth said.

“They’ll be waiting for us in the long grass and they certainly won’t give us an easy game.

“I know they’ve had a run of bad form, but I think their position is false, I think they’re much, much better than that.

“It’s an extremely difficult game, but we’ve got to sort ourselves out. As I say to the players, we’ve got to be obsessed with getting better and improving.

“Going down to Cork and winning is our goal at the moment and that’s all we can do.”

The team’s rise to the summit is remarkable considering the injury problems which continue to ravage the squad.

Jamie McGrath and Robbie Benson both missed the win over Bohs and will again be absent for the trip to Leeside, while Patrick Hoban (suspension) was unavailable last Friday night.

Yet Perth was eager to quash suggestions that he, personally, can draw comfort from guiding his charges back to the top.

“I don’t take any personal satisfaction from that,” he added. “I feel this is my seventh season at the club, not a lot of people will spend that long at a club.

“I don’t see it as only taking the role, I feel I played as much importance over the last six years as I am at the moment.

“It’s not about me or any of the management staff, in particular, this bunch of players have probably been questioned a little bit, but, I’ll tell you what, they continue to answer people.”