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Cork's Greg Bolger and Stephen O'Donnell of Dundalk clash. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Cork's Greg Bolger and Stephen O'Donnell of Dundalk clash. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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Dundalk are gunning for the champions

DUNDALK skipper Stephen O’Donnell says he will be sick of the sight of Cork City if his side lose Sunday’s showpiece FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium, live on RTÉ2, at 3.30pm.

It is the third year in-a-row that the two best teams in the country go head-to-head on the last day of the domestic season and both clubs are chasing doubles, as Dundalk lifted the EA Sports Cup. The Lilywhites haven’t beaten City this season and only managed one victory against the Leesiders in 2016.

“I will be sick of the sight of them if they beat us in the final but I think it’s a good rivalry, it’s unprecedented in the league. It’s the first time that the same teams have come first and second for four seasons running and the first time two teams have played in three cup finals.

“It’s a good rivalry, we have been the two dominant teams for the last four years and hopefully it’s our turn to get a jab in on Sunday,” he added.

“You can make too much of it but it’s a lot to do with how you do on the day. We are hungry for success but I am sure Cork want to do the double too and create history.”

Dundalk go into the tie with one defeat in 10 (against Bohemians) and seven wins in that sequence while league champions Cork have won four of their last 10 games and suffered two defeats. The teams drew 1-1 in Turner’s Cross on September 29 when City were three minutes away from clinching the title.

“This time last year we were flying out to Russia, getting ready to play Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on the Thursday so this is a far better preparation for a cup final,” said O’Donnell.

 MY BALL: Stephen O'Donnell and Jimmy Keohane battle for a header. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

MY BALL: Stephen O'Donnell and Jimmy Keohane battle for a header. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson