Friday marks the second game of a double header between Bohemians and Dundalk games as they meet in the league for the second time this week before an FAI Cup clash next week.
The teams are separated by four points in the league after Bohs defeated Ian Foster’s side 3-1 on Monday noght and another win here would not only help close the gap on Pats but also further cement Bohemians from the bottom half of the table.
Dundalk will feel they left points in Dalymount and also after drawing away last Friday night at Galway where they went 1-0 down but fought back to take a 2-1 lead before conceding a penalty in the 85th minute. This marked their sixth draw in their last nine games. Bohemians are half way toward their goal of maximum points this month with wins over Bray , Drogheda and the Lillywhites already.
In the four meetings between the sides so far this season Dundalk have yet to win, a pattern which Ian Foster will look to reverse.
Mark Quigley missed out on a bit of history as he failed to score at Dalymount , which would have made him the first Lilywhite to score in six consecutive games in 32 years. Mark Griffin almost did it earlier in the season, he scored in five games but failed in the sixth.
Ian Foster has Greg Bolger from suspension while Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), Stephen McDonnell (knee), Stephen Maher (fractured metatarsal), Paul Murphy (back) and Chris Kerr (torn hamstring) all remain out. Foster also loses Keith Ward to suspension and when you factor in that Colin Hawkins and Ross Gaynor are doubts then you realise Dundalk only have ten fit senior players.
Pat Fenlon doesn’t have as near a worry on the injury front, Ger O’Brien returns from suspension while Barry Murphy and Ollie Cahill are doubts.
Doubtful: Barry Murphy, Ollie Cahill.
Injured: Eoghan Osborne, Stephen McDonnell, Stephen Maher, Paul Murphy, Chris Kerr.
Doubtful:Colin Hawkins, Ross Gaynor.