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Airtricity League preview: Dundalk aim to prolong title race against Bohs

Updated: Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 14:11 | Comments

Dundalk must beat Bohemians to keep up the pressure on league leaders St Patrick's Athletic
Dundalk must beat Bohemians to keep up the pressure on league leaders St Patrick's Athletic

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Second-place Dundalk head into today’s trip to Bohemians knowing that they must win to ensure leaders St Patrick’s Athletic can’t clinch the Airtricity League Premier Division title with a victory over third-place Sligo Rovers tomorrow. 

Stephen Kenny’s side must pick themselves up from the disappointment of their FAI Ford Cup exit last weekend to Co Louth neighbours Drogheda United to ensure the title race is prolonged for another week at least.

Bohemians, already safe from automatic relegation, can guarantee Premier Division football next season at Dalymount Park with a win (7.45pm).

Another of the teams at the wrong end of the table, UCD, will put themselves within touching distance of safety if they beat FAI Ford Cup finalists Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park (7pm).

The battle for fourth place, and a possible European spot if Sligo Rovers win the FAI Ford Cup, could be more or less decided at the Brandywell where Derry City face fifth place Shamrock Rovers (5pm).

The regular First Division season will come to an end this evening with the 28th and final series of games and with Athlone Town already crowned as champions the focus will be on the battle to make the promotion play-offs and the fight to avoid re-election.

Wins for Longford Town away to Athlone and Waterford United away to Cobh Ramblers will guarantee them places in the play-off for the right to meet the 11th placed team in the Premier Division for a spot in the 2014 top flight.

But a slip up by either could open the door for Mervue United, who travel to Wexford Youths and are just one point behind the Midlanders and the Blues.

Salthill Devon, who will definitely finish bottom of the First Division, are at home to managerless Finn Harps who need to win to avoid any chance of being caught by Cobh and ending up having to re-apply for League membership.

All First Division matches kick off at 7.45pm and champions Athlone Town will receive the Airtricity League First Division trophy following their game against Longford Town at Athlone Town Stadium.

Saturday’s Fixtures

Premier Division

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, Brandywell Stadium, 5pm

Drogheda United v UCD, Hunky Dorys Park, 7pm

Bohemians v Dundalk, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

First Division

Athlone Town v Longford Town, Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45pm

Cobh Ramblers v Waterford United, St. Colman's Park, 7.45pm

Salthill Devon v Finn Harps, Drom Soccer Park, 7.45pm

Wexford Youths v Mervue United, Ferrycarrig Park, 7.45pm

Live television coverage of St Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers from 17:00 on Sunday 13 October on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide excluding GB & NI).

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