Chasing pack hope Bohs can halt Dundalk march to title
Bohemians are the only team to beat Dundalk in the league this season and the chasing pack need Keith Long's troops to bounce back from cup heartbreak and repeat the dose tonight.
Excellence from Stephen Kenny's side and dropped points from the pursuers has drained excitement from the title race and the Lilywhites land at Dalymount Park with a 10-point lead over Cork at the top of the table with nine games remaining.
Kenny is thrilled by his side's consistency on their travels and they are in search of a ninth away league win on the trot as they seek to regain the title for the first time in the club's history.
"We will get a tough game at Dalymount, we know that," says Kenny, mindful of June's shock reverse. "But we want to continue the good form we're in and that's the intention."
His opposite number Long admits that it's been a tough week after Bray's controversial goal ended their FAI Cup hopes. The draw for the quarter-finals, which gave Bray a home tie with Killester, made the pain worse. "The salt in the wound," said Long. "We have to put it behind us as best we can.
"We have to try and enjoy the game again and play with the courage we showed in the early part of the season."
Elsewhere, Cork City welcome Galway United to Turner's Cross with John Caulfield taking a more optimistic view of the title picture than he did last week.
"There's everything to play for," said Caulfield, "If we keep winning, who knows? Crazy things can happen in the run-in."
St Pat's are back in Cork on Monday after losing there in the FAI Cup last week but first they must play host to Derry.