Dundalk v Derry City, LOI

Michael Duffy has hit an individual purple patch as Dundalk's recent form has picked up too. Image Credit: Morgan Tracey/INPHO

John Curtis looks forward to the meeting of Dundalk and Derry City at Oriel Park, Friday 3 May, 7:45pm

Form:

Dundalk are going into this game on the back of five wins on the spin, and with some consistency to their game.

A massive win came last week in Oriel Park in beating league leaders Shamrock Rovers 2-1, thanks to a superb header by Pat Hoban after a wonderful corner from Michael Duffy.

Midway through the second half, Dundalk grabbed their second when Dan Kelly and Sean Gannon linked up down the right hand side for Gannon to cut the ball back to Duffy who stopped the ball dead before firing his shot in off the post to give Dundalk a commanding and deserving lead.

Oran Vojic nabbed one back for Rovers with ten minutes to go but Dundalk weathered the storm.

On Monday Vinny Perth’s side travelled to Waterford and came back with a convincing and comprehensive win and performance, which saw Michael Duffy score two on the night.

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The pick of the bunch was a Jordan Flores pile driver into the top corner leaving the Waterford keeper with no chance.

Dundalk are hitting their groove all-round the park with the link up play coming back to what it was like last season.

Derry City won last Friday at home to Cork winning 2-0 in what seemed to be a convincing win for them. Eoin Toal, the big centre-half, opened the scoring on the night for them.

Jamie McDonagh missed a penalty on the 79th minute just after Cork had seen Conor McCormack sent off for the visitors.

However on the 89th minute, that man Jamie McDonagh, who had an eventful night, grabbed Derry their second on the night and secured all three points in front of their home support.

On Monday night Derry suffered a crushing home defeat to Bohemians who are going all guns blazing. They would have felt this was the kind of game they’d be hoping to get points out of considering Derry have such a fine home form.

Lately, Derry have struggled for a bit of consistency in their form with it being a stop-start kind of few weeks for The Candystripes.

The Match:

This match over the recent years has swung in Dundalk’s favour.

The defending League of Ireland champions seem to have Derry’s number whenever the two teams come toe to toe.

Earlier in the season Dundalk went North to the Brandywell and gave Derry a 2-0 beating. The goals from Sean Murray and Patrick Hoban to sealed the deal.

Derry suffered their first home defeat of the season that night.

The last five games between these teams saw 20 goals scored, with Dundalk netting 15 of them and the other five coming in Derry’s favour.

Dundalk love playing against Derry, winning four out of the last five and drawing the other game. I can’t see this form being reversed anytime soon.

This contest should throw up plenty of goals, if recent outings between these teams are anything to go by.

Both sides play football in the right manner and that’s getting the ball down on the deck and playing keep ball.

Declan Devine has done well since returning for another stint at Derry.

He’s assembled a young team and plenty of local players to the squad, who have bedded into the Derry City way of playing football.

I think Dundalk will have too much in the tank for Derry.

Going in to this game on the back of a superb run of form, Dundalk look like the force to be reckoned yet again this season.

It was around this time last season Dundalk went on a run of unbeaten games and look like repeating the feat again this season.

I can see goals aplenty in this one, some great passages of play, two teams playing football in the right manner, and a brilliant atmosphere in Oriel Park.

Verdict:

I can see the Lilywhites winning this game with ease on the night.

They went to the Brandywell earlier in the season, rode their look at times, and came out with a excellent 2-0 win in a hostile atmosphere.

Derry seem to have this stumbling block every time they come up against Dundalk and it’s hard to see it changing with the form and momentum Dundalk have going into this game.

Goals are starting to flow with Dundalk.

The link up play which seemed to be missing earlier in the season between Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban has come back to its best which can only spell danger for the opposition and the league.

As a pair, they can cause havoc everywhere.

Derry will be hoping to bounce back after that home defeat to Bohs on Monday but I see this being an uphill task for the Candystripes coming to Oriel.

Dundalk to Win to Nil at 23/20.

Half-Time/Full-Time – Dundalk/Dundalk at 10/11.

 



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