Working the Oriel: Dundalk Eye Title Challenge

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Dundalk captain, Stephen O’ Donnell, is hopeful that his side can go one better next season and top the league for the first time since 1994-95.

Friday night’s comprehensive 4-0 victory over Cork City cemented Dundalk’s second place finish in the Airtricity League Irish Premier Division but, for O’Donnell, clinching the runners-up spot is just the start for the men from Oriel Park.

O’Donnell, like many of his teammates, joined the Lilywhites for the start of the 2013 season and he is pleased that most of the current squad will still be with Dundalk for next year. He feels that this stability, and the experience that they have gained in 2013, will stand them in good stead for 2014.

“It’s great to get a bit of continuity, because in this league there is a lot of movement and change, boys going from club to club,” the 27- year-old told the club’s website.

“This is the first year we played together and with the addition of a couple of more players we can only get better.” 

Dundalk travel to Bray Wanderers next Friday and Betfair have them at 8/15 in the football odds to come away with a victory. Bray will be desperate to deliver a win in order to keep their hopes of finishing in ninth place alive.

On the face of it, Dundalk may have little to play for, but O’Donnell and his men will be hoping to end their season on a high and to continue their progression into next year- a season that O’Donnell has huge expectations for.

“It can only go from strength to strength. We will understand each other’s games more, not all starting off as strangers like we were this season,” the former Shamrock Rovers man said. “After this season we know we can beat any team and it’s nothing but victories from next season that will satisfy us,” he added.

Confidence certainly seems to be high in the Dundalk camp and, having already beaten Bray Wanderers twice this season, betfair pundits believe it is hard to see O’Donnell and his men falling short this Friday.

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