It was a good weekend for headers from men called Duffy from Derry.
On Friday Shane Duffy got up to send a trademark header past Kasper Schmeichel to earn the Republic of Ireland a precious Euro 2020 qualifying point away to Denmark in Copenhagen.
Just 24 hours later in Ballybofey, his namesake Michael showed he is becoming just as good in the air with a bullet-like finish from John Mountney’s cross to break the deadlock for Dundalk in their match against Finn Harps.
Vinny Perth’s side would go on to win 3-0 to move five points clear at the top of the table and Duffy said that’s a scenario he would have taken heading to Donegal.
“Definitely,” he said when it was put to him.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game up here because it’s always a hard place to come but we got the three points and that’s the main thing. A 3-0 win is always good so we’re happy.”
While the winger’s header was just the third of his career, he insists they are something he has been working on having already scored a decisive header in the 1-0 win at home to Cork City back in March.
“We’ve been practicing them all week, doing a lot of crossing and heading and my heading was actually good in training,” he grinned.
“Mounts put it right on a plate for me so I couldn’t really miss it but I’m buzzing with it. He went on to get one himself and then Brian got a third so it’s good the practice paid off. We could have had a couple more with myself and Georgie then at the end.”
The latest win has helped Dundalk move five points clear at the top of the table after a stunning run of form which has seen them win 11 of their last 12 league games since losing away to Sligo Rovers on April 12th.
Worryingly for the rest of the league, he feels there is even more to come from both him and his team-mates.
“We’re in a good place,” he said.
“When we were 13 points behind there was a big fuss but we’ve only dropped two points since then. We’re on a brilliant run so we can go and enjoy the break now. We’ll be working hard as well and just preparing for the Rovers game.
“There’s definitely more to come from us and by the time we play again I think we’ll have a few players back as well but we’re in a good place,” he said.