Wednesday 29 January 2020

McEleney ready to power Dundalk past Crumlin

Dundalk's Patrick McEleney. Photo: PA
Dundalk's Patrick McEleney. Photo: PA
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Patrick McEleney is aiming to ensure that Dundalk avoid a major upset in their FAI Cup second round meeting with Crumlin today.

The Lilywhites attacker knows what it's like to lift the trophy but he is also driven by the two final defeats that he has suffered.

Stephen Kenny has to plan without the likes of captain Stephen O'Donnell, Robbie Benson (both hamstring) and Jamie McGrath (appendicitis), and McEleney has warned that Dundalk will not be taking Crumlin for granted.

"I have had three finals in the FAI Cup and I have lost two, I want to even that up," the 24-year old said.

"The FAI Cup is important to us this year and it's important to us every year. We want to get back to the Aviva Stadium in November. That's our aim.

"Crumlin are going to be a tough test and they have already beaten league opposition to get to this stage, like they did last year so we won't be taking them lightly. We want to progress to the quarter-finals at least and I will be doing everything in my power to help us get there."

Elsewhere, Limerick will be hoping to build on their impressive league win over Bohemians last weekend when they welcome Finn Harps to the Market's Field.

Both sides are likely to have one eye on their crucial league meeting at the same venue next week.

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