Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has backed his players to rise to the challenge of their first versus second meeting with Cork City this Friday in Turner’s Cross.

The Lilywhites moved three points clear at the top with a 5-1 success over Bray Wanderers in the SSE Airtricity League last night in Oriel Park.

City were beaten 2-0 by Bohemians in Dalymount Park on Friday and a victory for Kenny’s men this Friday would leave them in pole position to claim the league title.

Kenny told RTE Sport: “There is still a long way to go. We are just focused on winning matches. We have to go to Cork this week. They've had a fine season.

“But we're in very good form at the moment. The players are working very hard and showing great attitude. It's the whole squad that are really applying themselves and it has coincided with us being on a great run and we want to try to continue that.”

Kurtis Byrne and Patrick Hoban each bagged a brace after Richie Towell open the scoring in front of a crowd of over 2,200 in Oriel.

Kenny said the away win over Croatian outfit Hadjuk Split last Thursday gave his players even more belief.

“You can never be sure after a European game. We travelled through the night on Friday. To have a game within three days, it is terrific to come back and play as well as we did tonight. European games can take a lot out of you.

“After beating Hadjuk Split away and the disappointment of going out in such a big win, it gave the players more confidence going into tonight. They showed a great attitude and it was a convincing win.

“Bray beat us earlier in the season in the Carlisle Grounds so we certainly weren't taking anything for granted. We knew that they have players who are capable of scoring goals. We defended very well and got some great goals. There were some great team goals and team moves.

“There was some very good finishes as well. Kurtis Byrne's goal, the fourth, was a bit special. We are pleased with that.”