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Dundalk focus on UCC exam

DUNDALK captain Stephen O'Donnell (pictured) has promised that the league leaders will not drop their high standards as they head south to play non-league side UCD in the EA Sports Cup tonight.

The Lilywhites made it five wins in a row with Friday's 1-0 defeat of Derry City, and supporters will expect the side to advance past UCC at the Mardyke (8.0pm) and into the semi-finals of the competition.

"We are under no illusions about going down there," says O'Donnell. "A quarter-final of a cup is a big game for us.

"It's not every day you get into the final stages of a competition so that's our main focus. We can't take our eyes off that. I actually saw UCC win the Collingwood Cup.

"They're going to be really up for it tonight and they're a good side.

"It's a big game, a quarter-final, and it's going to be difficult but hopefully we can get through."

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is likely to rest some players - eight Dundalk players have started every league game so far - and give a run-out to squad players like Jake Kelly and Kurtis Byrne.

Also tonight, Galway United host Bohemians for the second time in four days, Tommy Dunne's side on a high after a 5-3 win over Bohs in the league on Friday night.

"We know Bohemians are going to have a good go at us after the other night," says Dunne.

"They'll be looking to turn us over but we'll be concentrating on progressing to the semi-final.

"We've got to make sure that we're focused on the game and that we work as hard as we did the other night, if not harder."

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