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Foster's eye on Setanta

DUNDALK boss Ian Foster has set his sights on the Setanta Sports Cup as the first trophy success of his managerial career.

And he insists that he won't be tinkering with his squad as Dundalk make the short trip north tonight to play Glentoran in the first leg of their quarter-final clash.

Dundalk began the league season with a defeat by Shamrock Rovers last Friday and they face into a must-win game at home to Galway United next Friday, but Foster says there is no issue of Dundalk treating the Setanta Cup lightly to focus on the league.

"We want to try and win it," Foster says when asked about his approach to the Setanta Cup this season, a competition which many managers have already relegated down the list when it comes to priorities.


"There are only six games left in the competition so of course we are serious about trying to win it.

"I have never won anything in my career as a manager and if the all-Ireland cup competition is the first thing I win as manager I'll be delighted, so we'll give it our best shot tonight and in the two legs against Glentoran.

"For our fans who'll be travelling up to Belfast I can promise them that we'll be well-organised and ready to go with our strongest XI out on the pitch.

"I will pick my best team, like I do for every game. We're not good enough to make wholesale changes, especially against one of the best teams in Northern Ireland.

"We're not good enough to make wholesale changes against anyone so we'll go to Belfast with our strongest XI and try to win the game."

Dundalk certainly gave their supporters value for money in their first away game of the season, beating Irish League champions-elect Linfield 5-3 at Windsor Park last month, and Foster has promised more of the same attacking football.

"I expect us to play on the front foot and to be competitive. It will be a tasty atmosphere again, like we had in Windsor Park against Linfield, against some difficult opposition, a team who are probably a bit stronger than us physically," he added.

"But we'll go there and try to win the game because that's the way we play.

"We'll try to dominate possession

in the right areas of the pitch and see if we can come back to Oriel Park for the second leg with a decent performance."

Dundalk will be without defender Eoghan Osbourne while Greg Bolger is a concern after picking up a knock in Friday's defeat by Rovers, a game where Dundalk started brightly but lost momentum when keeper Peter Cherrie was sent off early in the first half.


"We have a lot of new players in the team but I won't use that as an excuse for losing to Shamrock Rovers on Friday," Foster went on. "When the game was 11 against 11, we were on top.

"But the game did change when our goalkeeper was sent off. The lads have played 10 games now between pre-season matches and competitive games so the bedding-in period has been done and I was delighted with the way we moved the ball and the chances we created against Rovers, we looked like a decent outfit," he added.