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City slick but we'll make it a treble: Perth

By Gavin McLaughlin

Runaway league leaders, EA Sports Cup finalists and one win away from another FAI Cup final appearance, Vinny Perth can fully understand why talk of a treble is rife around Dundalk.

Some people in Perth's position would be quick to downplay that sort of chit-chat, but the 43-year-old freely admits it is something that has been spoken about in the Dundalk dressing-room.

One could interpret that as arrogance but, speaking ahead of this evening's EA Sports Cup final with Derry City at the Brandywell, the Lilywhites head coach insists it's merely a sign of the hunger amongst his players to be winners.

"Certain gurus would say, 'It's one game at a time', and we do focus on one game at a time, but the treble has been mentioned," said Perth.

"They're a very ambitious group and internally we do have ambitions and we do drive ourselves to set high standards."

Tonight's opponents Derry City are so far the only club to have won a clean sweep of all three domestic trophies in one season.

Jim McLaughlin's all-conquering team of 1988/89 are revered on Foyleside and if the Candystripes needed an extra incentive to beat Dundalk, preserving that record should be it.

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The sides have already met in the Walled City this season. Dundalk won the league game back in March and edged a five-goal thriller in the FAI Cup just last month.

"It's arguable who the favourites are," said Perth.

"We expect the Brandywell to be really loud so we're going to have to go into the lion's den and take it on.

"It's set up to be a brilliant game," he added.

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