JOHN Mountney says he's relishing the opportunity to put Dundalk's FAI Cup semi-final nightmare to bed on the opening day of the new Airtricity League season.
The Lilywhites will kick off on Friday March 7th with a derby against Drogheda United in Hunky Dorys Park, scene of a travesty of justice last October when Dundalk had two players controversially sent off and missed out on a place in the Aviva Stadium decider.
Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, Dundalk midfielder Mountney said: 'That result still hurts. Even back home [in Mayo] there were friends and family watching who would be Sligo fans and they were on about being in the final. I was thinking that it should be us playing them.
'After what happened against Drogheda, I think we still owe them one, but when you look at the fixtures it's straight into it, no messing about! At least you know what to expect with a derby.'
Dundalk host Limerick in their first home game the following Friday, and Mountney acknowledged that it's important to get points on the board early, with trips to defending league champions St Pat's and Cup holders Sligo also looming in the first four weeks.
'They're the games you want to play in, but it's good to get every win. People might have thought Limerick was an easy game last year, but they were our bogey team and we didn't beat them [in the league].'
Mountney, who is still only 20, missed the start of last season after having an appendix operation and was also out of action on other occasions during the campaign because of injury, and this time he's hoping for a problem-free year.
'It was a great year for the club but disappointing injury-wise for myself, missing the majority of the season, but I was glad to get back at the end of the year and, fingers crossed, it will be a great season for me and especially for Dundalk.
'So far the signings have been very good. He has kept everyone and strengthened the squad. I know Daryl Horgan from training once or twice on the FAS course and he is a very good player.'