It's week two of the restarted SSE Airtricity League and we already have some key games. 

Dundalk simply can't afford to drop more points as they face a tough trip to Dalymount Park. They are five behind Shamrock Rovers as once again they play ahead of their title rivals.

Bohemians could enter that reckoning if they secure a win over the Lilywhites. They are just six points behind Shamrock Rovers going into the game. 

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Bohemians v Dundalk, Dalymount Park, 5.45pm, WatchLOI.ie

This would be seen as one of the hardest game of the season for Dundalk in a normal landscape. They were far from their best in the 1-1 draw with St Patrick's Athletic, Vinny Perth would have been pleased to have had a week of training to improve their rhythm.

Keith Long made a point of saying he wasn't happy with how Bohs performed in Cork, despite the victory. They will be truly tested in this encounter. 

Team news

Bohemians: Cristian Magerusan (knee), Ross Tierney (ankle) and Paddy Kirk (ankle) are unavailable, while Danny Mandroiu is doubtful.

Dundalk:  Patrick McEleney will miss the trip to Phibsborough after picking up a groin strain in the 1-1 draw with St Patrick's Athletic last Friday. Brian Gartland is back in contention after playing 90 minutes in a friendly against Linfield last week. Sean Murray, Sean Hoare and Darragh Leahy resumed training this week but are unlikely to be involved.

What they said

Andy Lyons (Bohemians defender): "[Dundalk] have some excellent players and it's up to us to try and match that. Having only 12 games left to go means you have to really focus your minds on those. It was a long break from football and it's a strange season."

Daniel Kelly (Dundalk midfielder):  "Bohs have a big squad with young, quality players. Keith Long and Trevor Croly do everything right up there. It's a great club to be and they’ll be right at it on Friday night so we’ll need to be ready."


St Patrick's Athletic v Finn Harps, Finn Park 7.45pm, WatchLOI.ie

As a young manager, Stephen O'Donnell enjoyed the highs and lows of the job last week. He saw his side take great strides when holding Dundalk last Friday, only to fall completely flat against Derry City three days later. Consistency will be his target from here on in.

Ollie Horgan will be disappointed with not just the result for Harps in their two matches, but more so performances. The first half in Tallaght and lack of quality in losing to 10-man Shels came as a surprise.

He will be looking for a response here.

Team news

St Patrick's Athletic: The hosts have no fresh injury worries.

Finn Harps: Mark Timlin is definitely out, while Leo Donnellan is doubtful.

What they said

Stephen O'Donnell (St Patrick's Athletic): "We've a game to look forward to and the good thing is we don't have too much time to dwell on Monday's result.  Finn Harps coming down is going to be a tough test.  They're a big physical team and will pose a big threat."

Mark Anthony McGinley (Finn Harps goalkeeper): "We don't have too long to dwell on the last game but it's important we put in a good performance now on Friday and cut out the mistakes. If we can do that, we’ve a chance of taking something from the game."

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