Dundalk welcome Latvian champions Riga to Oriel Park on Wednesday in what the Lilywhites coach John Gill has described as a "massive game, not just for us, but for the league as well".

The Champions League first qualifying round (Live on RTÉ2) is coming at a good time for the Airtricity League Premier Division champions, who once more top the league after a run of 16 games unbeaten.

Derry held them to a 2-2 draw on Friday night, thanks to a late equaliser, and the Candystripes are the only team to hold Dundalk during an unbeaten run that goes back to April.

A second draw against Derry in two months, Gill considered it Dundalk's best performance of the season, despite the dropped points.

"I thought we took the game to Derry. First half was nip and tuck, we gave them something to hold onto. Second half, I think we controlled the game," he told RTE Sport.

"They are a good side, a team in progression, and we feel it was out best performance of the season," added Gill, who is totally focused on Riga now.

"After the game we parked it, we will focus now on Wednesday. It is a massive game, not just for us but for the league as well and the country and Dundalk itself.

"We want to represent everyone with distinction and do well for the coefficient. There is a lot riding on this."

Dundalk can turn to continental matters, safe in the knowledge they have an eight-point lead at the top of the table after Shamrock Rovers were held by Sligo. 

"If you had given us this on 10 April when we were 13 points behind, we'd have taken your hand off," said Gill, who confirmed Pat Hoban, who came off the bench to score Dundalk's second, was simply rested and not dropped or injured.

Derry manager Declan Devine reflected on a terrific end to a challenging week for the Candystripes.

"It is a fabulous point for us," he said. "In terms of where we have been in the last seven days. We went away to Turner's Cross and won, we went to Dalymount and dug out a point and to come from behind after 94 minutes tonight. Got to be happy with that."