Bolger keen to atone for Cup defeat

IT’S back to his Alma mater, and back to basics for Greg Bolger tonight as Dundalk strive to put last weekend’s Setanta Sports Cup final disappointment against Shamrock Rovers behind them.

“I thought we did well,” said Bolger of that final loss as he prepares to face his former club UCD. “Maybe, if we had taken our chances in the first-half we might have had something to hold onto.

“But that’s it. It’s over now and we’ve got to move on.

“All we want to do is get back on the pitch and rectify it and get back to winning ways,” added Bolger of tonight’s return to league action at the UCD Bowl.

Injury was added to the insult of losing on Saturday as striker Jason Byrne (hamstring) is ruled out along with midfielder Stephen McDonnell (knee), though he is suspended anyway. Stephen Maher (groin) and Eoghan Osborne (broken leg) are still out.

College have captain Michael Leahy, Robbie Benson and Mark Langtry all fit again, though midfielder Robbie Creevy (ankle) and teenage striker Cillian Morrison (ankle) are sidelined.

Shamrock Rovers adjust their defence as both right-back Pat Sullivan and central defender Ken Oman are suspended, though Michael O’Neill reports no injury worries for the visit of bottom-of-the-table Drogheda United to Tallaght Stadium.

Striker Gary Twigg contests a starting place having returned as a substitute in the Setanta Sports Cup final.

Key defender Alan McNally and midfielder Mark Nolan are suspended for Mick Cooke’s Drogheda who still await their first win of the campaign. Jack Flynn and Cillian Thompson are also out injured.

Bohemians keeper Barry Murphy remains out for the visit of St Patrick’s Athletic to Dalymount Park in the Dublin derby.

Utility man Mark Rossiter has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury while defender-cum-midfielder Ger O’Brien is suspended. On the plus side midfielder Glenn Cronin finally returns from a long-term knee injury.

St Pat’ remain without their captain Conor Kenna (knee) and key midfielder Dave Mulcahy (hamstring).

With nine goals in their last two games, second placed Derry City are the other form side as they host Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell.

Candystripes’ boss Stephen Kenny has selection issues, however, as he’s without the suspended Shane McEleney and Daniel Lafferty, while Kevin Deery (calf), Thomas McBride (ankle) and Ruaidhri Higgins (knee) are injury doubts. Experienced midfielder Barry Molloy returns after a six week absence.

Bray remain without goalkeeper Darren Quigley (arm), midfielder Stephen Brennan (thigh) and striker Gary Shaw (foot).

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