Dundalk begin what they hope will be a successful Champions League campaign when they face Icelandic champions FH Hafnarjordur at Oriel Park tonight (7.45pm).
Ciaran Kilduff grabbed a last-gasp winner in Dundalk’s final match before the European tie as they defeated Longford Town 4-3 at home last Friday night.
David McMillan’s hat-trick had put the Lilywhites ahead on three separate occasions but were pegged back before Kilduff rose highest to head his side to victory.
The win ensured that the champion kept their lead at the top of the league, but it has been cut to six points by Cork City.
This is the first time Dundalk have met Icelandic opposition since facing Fram Reykjavik in the Cup Winners Cup in 1981, a match which the Lilywhites won 5-2 on aggregate.
Dundalk were knocked out by Belarusian champions BATE Borisov, who went on to the Champions League group stages, on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline over the two legs.
Manager Stephen Kenny has no injury or suspension concerns heading into the match and has a full complement of players to choose from.
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Kenny was conscious of flying the flag for Ireland in the Champions League, saying: "We’re representing Ireland in the Champions League, and so certainly we want to progress. It’ll be an epic couple of games for us and hopefully we can come out the right side of them.”
Kenny added that Dundalk’s artificial pitch shouldn’t pose too many problems for the visiting side, as there are "several" in the league in Iceland.
He said: “I’m sure they are well used to artificial pitches because there are several in the Icelandic league. So it’s not something that will be unfamiliar to them.
"So I don’t really see it as an issue. It’s not something that we see as an advantage.”