Kenny wants to see Dundalk maintain intensity at Belfield

Stephen Kenny wants his Dundalk players to maintain their desire to help sustain their impressive start to the season.

Fresh from big wins over champions St Patrick’s Athletic (4-1) and Derry City (3-0), Dundalk travel to UCD tonight determined their momentum will bring a hat-trick of wins to see them remain at least joint-top of the table with Cork City and Shamrock Rovers.

“We’ve shown great hunger over the last few weeks and we’ve to show the same hunger in every match,” said Kenny whose only injury concern tonight is midfielder John Mountney.

“We’ve had some great results, but we respect UCD. Belfield is always a difficult place to go to, but we go there confidently. We’re looking to keep our good run going.”

With defender Ian Ryan and winger Ayman Ben Mohamad out injured and left-back Mark Langtry a doubt, UCD select from the side well beaten at Shamrock Rovers on Monday.

Cork City continue without injured strikers Danny Morrissey and Michael Rafter for the visit of Sligo Rovers to Turner’s Cross. Midfield anchor Colin Healy and striker Anthony Elding are also doubts.

With just one point from their last five games, Sligo’s hopes of getting back on track with a win aren’t helped by injuries ruling out Raffaele Cretato, Gavin Peers, Seamus Conneely and Danny North.

Champions St Patrick’s Athletic have key midfielders Greg Bolger and Killian Brennan back from suspension for the big Dublin derby with Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park. Experienced central defender Ken Oman, however, remains an injury doubt.

Rovers wait on midfielder Shane Robinson (foot) while defender David O’Connor is out with an ankle injury.

Drogheda United have lost Austin McCann for the rest of the season after the defender broke his leg in Sligo on Monday night. Goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann and midfielder Paul Crowley remain injured as Robbie Horgan’s side defend an unbeaten start to the campaign at home to Bray.

Jake Kelly, Danny O’Connor, Eric McGill, Shane O’Connor, Shane Byrne and Adam O’Hanlon are all out for Wanderers, while keeper Shane Redmond completes his ban.

Club captain Dave Mulcahy, back in full straining following a knee injury, hopes to feature at some stage for Bohemians who host Limerick at Dalymount Park.

Defenders Anto Murphy and Jack Memery remain out injured for the Gypsies.

Injury continues to sideline Limerick winger Danny Galbraith, though captain Shane Duggan expects to be fit despite being ill this week.

Suspension and a litany of injuries hardly augur well for bottom side Athlone Town as they continue their search for their first point away to Derry City.

Central defensive partnership, Derek Prendergast and Aidan Collins, are suspended and injured respectively, while Neil Harney, Alan Byrne, James O’Brien, Sean Byrne and Niall Scullion all require fitness tests but Stephen Quigley returns from a ban.

Centre-half Ryan McBride misses out for Derry following the head injury suffered at Dundalk while midfielder Barry McNamee is still not fit.

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