Player of month Horgan seeks crowning glory with Dundalk

In accepting the SSE Airtricity/SWAI player of the month award for May yesterday, Daryl Horgan now wants to crown Dundalk’s season with the title.

Player of month Horgan seeks crowning glory with Dundalk

“I’m delighted to pick up the award, it’s an honour,” said winger Horgan. “We’ve been playing great lately. I’m delighted with how we bounced back after the Setanta Cup final defeat to Sligo Rovers.

“We were where we wanted to be going into the break, top of the league, and that is where we want to stay.”

Stephen Kenny’s side return to action with a trip to Derry City tonight and Horgan is champing at the bit to get going again.

“The break was good, hopefully it doesn’t slow our momentum,” said the 21-year-old ex-Cork City flyer.

Kenny rejigs his potent attack in the absence of Patrick Hoban (injured) and David McMillan (suspended) while Stephen O’Donnell and Keith Ward are also out injured. Derry make a key change in midfield due to Danny Ventre serving a ban.

While second-placed Cork City wait on winger Billy Dennehy, who shipped a knock in training, Limerick, tonight’s visitors to Turner’s Cross, hope to be at full strength as they bid to make it four league wins on the spin.

Champions St Patrick’s Athletic are without banned central defenders Kenny Browne and Ken Oman while Sean Hoare needs to pass a fitness test on an ankle injury if he’s to start against Bray at Richmond Park.

Bray, who have announced the retirement of club captain Danny O’Connor, are without suspended goalkeeper Shane Redmond while defender Adam Mitchell is out injured. Full-back Eric McGill and striker Dave Scully need to pass fitness checks if they’re to feature.

Shamrock Rovers travel to the UCD Bowl needing to bounce back positively from their 2-0 home loss to Cork last time out. Manager Trevor Croly has winger Gary McCabe back from suspension but is again likely to be without the injured Luke Byrne and Stephen McPhail.

New Sligo Rovers manager John Coleman faces a major selection headache in his first game in charge since replacing Ian Baraclough when he brings his side to Drogheda United. Defender Evan McMillan and striker Eric Odhiambo are banned while Gavin Peers, Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson and Joseph Ndo are out injured.

Darius Kierans, who has come in as caretaker boss to replace Robbie Horgan as Drogheda manager, is without suspended defender Alan McNally and will give fitness checks to Mick Daly and Ciaran McGuigan.

Bohemians wait on Anto Murphy, Steven Beattie, Derek Pender and Dave Mulcahy as they look for a first home league win of the season against bottom side Athlone Town who are without injured pair Aidan Collins and Graham Rusk.

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