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Match Preview – Dundalk vs Galway United

Game Details

Dundalk vs Galway United in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division. Friday 23rd February, 7:45PM at Oriel Park

Match Tickets

Match Tickets are available HERE

Last time out for United

Last time out United had a narrow 1-0 loss to St. Patrick’s Athletic. Jamie Lennon scored just moments into the match, but neither side created any major chances for the rest of the game. You can check out highlights of the game below on our YouTube:

We’re looking forward to going to Oriel Park. Stephen O’Donnell has built a very good team, very quickly. We know how difficult Dundalk can be, but we’re looking to build on last week’s performance.


Getting to Oriel Park

1 September 2023; A general view before the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division match between Dundalk and Derry City at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

We would recommend driving or getting a lift to Dundalk over taking public transport.

Driving: The drive is roughly 3hrs, take the M6 east and then once you reach Tyrellspass, just past Tullamore, turn off and go north onto the N52. Roughly 3pm is a reasonable time to leave for Dundalk, allowing for traffic and stops along the way.

Bus: You can get the 1:15pm or 2:30pm CityLink bus to Dublin Airport. Which arrive at 3:45pm and 5pm. There is a Bus Eireann route which leaves Dublin Airport at 5:20pm which will get you to Dundalk for roughly 6:30pm.

Train: The train takes 5hrs, leaving Ceannt Station at 1pm, arriving into Dublin at 3:45pm. You can then make your way across to Connolly Station on the LUAS, to make the 4:26pm train to Belfast and hop off at Dundalk. Which would get you there for 5:48pm. Although the times are quite close, we wouldn’t recommend this route. You could alternatively get the train to Dublin, then the bus from the airport at 5:20pm up to Dundalk.

Getting back to Galway

There are very limited public transport options back to Galway after the game. We would recommend driving or getting a lift.

The Opposition

Dundalk last season finished 5th in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division. Their last game was a tense 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

21 January 2024; Daryl Horgan of Dundalk during the PTSB Leinster Senior Cup Group A match between Malahide United and Dundalk at Gannon Park in Malahide, Dublin. Photo by Tyler Miller/Sportsfile

Key player – Daryl Horgan

Daryl is brother of Galway United defender Colm Horgan. They’ve faced off many a time, whether it’s in their back garden in Galway or on a professional level on a full sized pitch. Daryl is a very exciting player, who usually plays as a winger or as a ten on occasion. He has a brilliant technical ability, excelling in one v one situations.

16 February 2024; Jamie Gullan of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

One To Watch – Jamie Gullan

Jamie Gullan is a recent arrival to Oriel Park, and scored on his debut in the league for the Lilywhites. The scotsman plays as a striker and has a brilliant finishing ability along with being deadly from set pieces. As he proved last week, Gullan scored a brilliant free-kick. Check out the highlights below.


Our resident statistician Julian Canny had a look through some of the stats ahead of the game, check them out below:

  • It will be the 100th meeting between the two clubs.
  • We have 16 wins, 29 draws and 54 defeats from the 99 previous matches.
  • This will be our 50th away match to Dundalk – we have 4 wins 11 draws and 34 defeats from those games.
  • Vince Borden will be making his 40th appearance should he feature in Oriel.
  • It will be the fourth match we’ll have played on 23rd February – having won twice and lost once on this date previously.
  • Most recently in 2018 we beat Athlone 4-1 at home on the opening day of the season, thanks to a Danny Furlong hat-trick


The game will be streamed LIVE on LOITV HERE

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