Georgie’s big night
With Pat Hoban suspended, Georgie Kelly started his first league game for Dundalk and marked it with a goal. It was the first time that the striker had started a league game in 315 days since featuring for UCD in a 5-1 defeat against Longford Town at the UCD Bowl on June 29thlast year. It was Dundalk appearance number 25 for him in total and he marked it with his fifth goal for the club on 22 minutes. In doing so he became the first player to score from open play against Bohemians since Mikey Drennan’s goal in the 5thminute for Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds on October 22nd2018 – some 1,457 minutes of league football.
Hoare does it again
It was a landmark night for Sean Hoare who made the 125thleague appearance of his career on Friday. It was also his 75thouting in a Dundalk shirt and 60thin the league. He then capped it with a 10thcareer goal and fifth for Dundalk. All three of the defender’s league goals for the club have now come against Bohs.
The penalty which Dundalk won in the second half against Bohemians on Friday night was the club’s seventh in the league this season – the same they managed in the whole of last season. It was also the first time in 101 appearances for the club that Michael Duffy has won a penalty for the Lilywhites. Incidentally, Duffy’s two assists take him to eight for the season, including two in the President’s Cup.
Second penalty miss for Shields
Chris Shields’ penalty miss on Friday night was the second of his Dundalk career. He also missed one in a 4-0 FAI Cup win away to Malahide Utd on August 24th 2012 in Gannon Park. That night it was saved by Pat Dunne. His only goal from the spot for Dundalk in normal time of a game was against Shamrock Rovers in the 2015 Leinster Senior Cup final. It was also Dundalk’s second penalty miss of the season after Pat Hoban missed one against Sligo Rovers on the opening night of the campaign.
Dundalk’s Bohs record
Dundalk’s victory at Dalymount Park on Friday night means the Gypsies haven’t beaten the Lilywhites on their patch in a league match in almost seven years since an Evan McMillan double helped them to a 2-1 win on July 27th2012. Michael Rafter got the consolation for Dundalk that night.
Gary Rogers played the 544thleague game of his career on Friday night, surpassing the total of 543 matches played by Alan O’Neill, thus making him the league’s most experienced goalkeeper of all time. Only three players – Peter Hutton, Owen Heary and Al Finucane – have now played more league matches than the Dundalk number one in the history of the League of Ireland.