The title deciding game at Oriel Park between Dundalk and Cork City is just days away so here at Pundit Arena we have picked out three players who could make the difference for the Lilywhites come Friday night.
Signed from Cork City in the off-season, the tricky attacking midfielder will want to prove that his move away from Leeside was a wise one by notching his first Premier Division title.
His knack for getting in-between the lines of midfield and defence will have to be guarded closely by Colin Healy who will likely play the more defensive role of Cork City’s usual central midfield three.
The 22-year-old will need to be on his toes if he is to break past City’s defence but such is his pace and determination he should cause City major headaches, particularly in the final third.
The former Celtic and Hibernian player is, for some the best footballer in the league at the moment and it’s not hard to argue with that assumption when one sees the Dubliner in full flight.
Towell has produced some outstanding performances so far this season, and ominously for Cork City he has scored a goal in each of the two previous league encounters between the sides.
Towell’s ability to score goals from midfield will be a worry for City and is yet another issue for Colin Healy and co. to contend with.
The midfield clash between these sides will be crucial in determining who the champions will be on Friday night and it is set up to be a great battle of wits between Ireland’s best defensive (Cork) and best offensive (Dundalk) sides.
The goalscoring machine that is Hoban will want to show he can pop up at anytime, like he did to save Dundalk from an embarrassing and damaging defeat to Bray Wanderers on Friday night, for his side to have a decent chance against the Rebel Army.
Since Dundalk’s last defeat in the league at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic in early September, the 23-year-old has scored in every Premier Division game with the exception of their 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers on the the 13th of October. He also managed two in Dundalk’s 3-0 win over Athlone, which preceded the Rovers game.
This rich vein of form will be needed if the Lilywhites are to break down the meanest defence in the division.
At Pundit Arena we love to hear from you the fans, so let us know who you think will be Dundalk’s most pivotal performer as they aim to claim the title at Oriel Park on Friday. Are they mentioned above? Or is there someone we’re missing?
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.