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Ronan Murray: “We’re going into these couple of games positive. We’re going to train hard and prepare as best we can for these games.”

 

Dundalk FC went down to a 2-1 loss against Waterford FC in the SSE Airtricity League at the RSC on Friday night. Izzy Akinade struck twice to put the hosts in front before Ronan Murray pulled one back on the stroke of the half-time interval.

Sharing his thoughts on a “disappointing result” Murray told dundalkfc.com: “I thought we had enough chances in the second half to get back on level terms but in the end we weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal which is very disappointing. We know ourselves that we have to be more ruthless.

We have to stay positive and look forward to the quarter-final on Tuesday against Bohs, then Sligo at Oriel Park in the league on Friday.”

Dundalk captain, Stephen O’Donnell, was stretchered off with a knee injury before half-time in as the Lilywhites went two goals down before Murray pulled one back from a superb free-kick.

“It’s terrible what happened to Stephen and we don’t know the full extent of it yet. He’s a great player and will be sorely missed but we have to be professional enough to get back on the horse.

“We were standing around during the time he was injured and Waterford were the ones who went two goals in front.

“I knew we needed a goal so it was full concentration when I stepped up to take the free. I got it up and over the wall and thankfully it came down on the other side underneath the bar – it was great to get that goal and get back in it.”

It’s two games in four days for Dundalk as they host Bohemian in the EA SPORTS Cup at Oriel Park on Tuesday before Sligo Rovers FC make the journey across the country for the league clash on Friday night at Oriel Park.

“We’re going into these couple of games positive. We’re going to train hard and prepare as best we can for these games.”

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