Dundalk’s 190 day wait for a league win is over but there have been longer droughts

Dundalk’s 190 day wait for a league win is over but there have been longer droughts

While Dundalk’s 3-2 victory over Shelbourne tonight brought an end to the club’s more than six month wait for a league victory, it doesn’t rank in the top 50 when it comes to the club’s longest period between wins in the League of Ireland.

A combination of lockdown due to Covid-19, poor form since the league restarted on July 31st and even having a game called off against Derry City due to international call-ups meant it was exactly 190 days (6 month and 6 days) between the Lilywhites beating Finn Harps 4-0 in Ballybofey on March 6th and tonight’s success under new interim head coach Filippo Giovagnoli.

While all fans of the Oriel Park outfit will be happy to be back to winning ways, there have been much longer droughts in the club’s history including two that stretched beyond the 10 month mark.

In both the mid-40s and mid-30s, the club went exactly 309 days (10 months, 6 days) between league wins. There were two others that runs that also stretched to 302 days (9 months, 28 days) but the make-up of the seasons in previous years has much to do with this.

In bygone days it was not uncommon to end the league with other tournaments such as the FAI Cup or Shield and start with the Shield again or Leinster or City Cups the following season.

For example, when Dundalk went 309 days without a league win between beating St James’ Gate 4-2 at home on December 18th 1932 and their first league win of the following season – a 2-0 win at home to Shamrock Rovers on October 22nd 1933 – they had actually won back-to-back league games. In between, however, they had played 35 other matches, mainly in the Shields, with 21 games in 1932/33 season after that St James’ Gate victory and 14 at the start of the following season before their next league outing against Rovers.

In their other run of 309 days without a league win between beating Bohemians 3-1 at home on February 24th 1946 and the 3-0 win at home to Limerick on December 29th 1946 the club had only failed to win two matches at the end of the 1945/46 season and four at the start 46/47 season. In between, however, they had beaten the likes of Bohs in the City Cup and Rovers and Drumcondra in the Shield.

The fact that five of the club’s nine longest periods between league wins were in the 1940s, with two in the 30s, and one apiece in the 20s and 50s, tells you all you need to know about how the schedule had an impact.

The 10th longest drought in the club’s history is actually from the 1970s, however, with 267 days (8 months, 25 days) between the last win of the 1970/71 season – a 4-1 win over Sligo Rovers – and the first win of the 71/72 season courtesy of a 1-0 win at home to Athlone Town.

The full list of the 51 runs without a league win longer than the current one can be found below but perhaps the more recent ones were the 207 day period (6 months, 23 days) between the last win of the 84/85 season – a 1-0 win at home to Longford on March 28th 1985 courtesy of a Billy Wright goal – and the first win of the 85/86 season on October 20th 1985 when Dundalk beat Shelbourne 3-0 at Harold’s Cross courtesy of a Dessie Gorman double and a Paddy Dunning own goal.

A more recent drought without a league victory came to an end a little shy of 21 years ago. There were 206 days (6 months, 25 days) between the 3-2 win over Sligo Rovers on February 11th 1999 and the 2-1 win away to Kilkenny City on September 4th 1999. David Ward scored in both those victories but it was a bleak period that saw the Lilywhites go 13 matches without winning a league game with two further defeats thrown in away to Wayside Celtic in the Leinster Senior Cup and at home to Longford Town in the League Cup for good measure. That run of just one point from a possible 39 on offer coincided with the club’s relegation to the First Division for the first time in its history.

There were others runs of 204 days without a win twice in the 70s and 200 days and 197 days respectively in the the 80s which thankfully don’t look like being surpassed any time soon unless something like a pandemic intervenes.

While the recent run is a club record for longest period without a win in a single season, it almost fails to compare with the club record 19 league matches without a win (10 at the end of the 02/03 season and nine at the start of the 2003 season) during the ill-fated Trevor Anderson era. The club went exactly 200 days between beating Dublin City 4-2 on November 18th 2002 courtesy of doubles from Garry Haylock and Martin Reilly and the 3-1 win over Limerick on June 5th 2003 when a trio of locals – Simon Kelly, Alan McCartney and David Ward – were on target.

The previous longest spell without a win in the same season was the 159 day period between beating St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 away courtesy of a Marc Griffin double on May 21st 2012 and the 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park on October 26th 2012 when Michael Rafter and Barry Conlon were on target. While the winless run ended tonight had only been four matches, on that occasion it was 18.

The current 190 day run had also been equaled twice with a similar run to the one which ended tonight also coming to an end in the 1975/76 season when Jimmy Dainty’s goal on October 5th 1975 was enough to beat Athlone Town. It’s doubtful many will recall the other 190 day spell without a league win which ended on August 23rd 1931 courtesy of a 2-0 win at home to St James’ Gate.

There were other long periods without a win in the 70s, 80s and 90s – 182 days between the last win of 97/98 and the first of 98/99 and 176 days on three occasions between the last win of 86/87 and the first of 87/88, the last win of 91/92 and the first of 92/93 and the last win of 77/78 and the first of 78/79.

Even the year Dundalk went on to win the league 30 years ago, it took 172 days between the last win of the 1993/94 season and the first of that memorable 94/95 campaign when Dermot Keely’s side defied all the odds to lift the trophy in dramatic circumstances with a final day win over Galway Utd after Derry City had slipped up against Athlone Town.

Thankfully a new entry to the top 50 has been avoided. The full list of the club’s 51 longest periods without a league win can be found below…

  • 309 days (10 months, 6 days). Last win of 45/46 season (3-1 at home to Bohs on February 24th 1946) and first of 1946/47 season (3-0 at home to Limerick December 29th 1946).
  • 309 days (10 months, 5 days). Last win of 32/33 season (4-2 at home to St James’ Gate on December 18th 1932) and first of 33/34 season (2-0 at home to Rovers on October 22nd 1933). Actually won back to back league matches. (21 matches that season after the last league game, mainly in the Shield and 14 at the start of the following season).
  • 302 days (9 months, 28 days). Last win of 43/44 season (3-2 at home to Cork Utd February 13th 1944) and first of 44/45 season (3-0 at home to Bohs December 10th 1944).
  • 302 days (9 months, 28 days). Last win of 1928/29 season (3-0 at home to Drumcondra December 2nd 1928) and first of 29/30 season (8-2 away to Jacobs September 29th 1929)
  • 295 days (9 months, 22 days). Last win of 1944/45 season (1-0 at home to Shelbourne on Feb 25th 1945) and first of 45/46 season (4-2 away to Shels on December 16th 1945).
  • 289 days (9 months, 14 days). Last win of 1947/48 season (2-0 away to Bohs on March 20th 1948) and first of 48/49 season (4-0 at home to Waterford on January 2nd 1949)
  • 288 days (9 months, 14 days). Last win of 1955/56 season (2-0 at home Cork Athletic on February 12th 1956 – Kavanagh and McDonagh goals) and first win of 56/57 season (3-2 away to Limerick November 25th 1956 – Finn (2) and Callan).
  • 274 days (9 months, 1 day). Last win of 34/35 season (4-3 at home to Drumcondra February 24th 1935) and first of 35/36 season (5-0 at home to Bray Unknowns November 24th 1935)
  • 270 days (8 months, 26 days). Last win of 1948/49 season (1-0 away to Shelbourne on April 21st 1949) and first of 49/50 season (3-2 at home to Cork Athletic on January 15th 1950)
  • 267 days (8 months, 25 days). Last win of 1970/71 season (4-1 at home to Sligo Rovers – Larkin, McKeever, O’Connor and Turner) and first win of 71/72 season (1-0 at home to Athlone – O’Connor).
  • 267 days (8 months, 25 days). Last win of 26/27 season (4-1 at home to Bray Unknowns November 27th 1926) and first of 27/28 season (5-2 away to Athlone August 20th 1927)
  • 266 days (8 months, 24 days). Last win of 33/34 season (2-1 at home to Cork on February 18th 1934) and first of 34/35 season (3-2 away to Bohs on November 10th 1934).
  • 260 days (8 months, 16 days). Last win of 1949/50 season (5-0 at home to Transport on April 30th 1950) and first of 50/51 season (5-2 at home to Waterford on January 14th 1951)
  • 260 days (8 months, 15 days). Last win of 1951/52 (4-0 at home to Waterford on March 9th 1952) and first win of 52/53 (5-2 at home to Transport on November 23rd 1952). The great Joe Martin was a scorer in both games along with Paddy Mullen.
  • 260 days (8 months, 15 days). Last win of 1946/47 season (1-0 at home to Drumcondra on March 30th 1947) and first of 1947/48 season (4-0 at home to Waterford on December 14th 1947).
  • 253 days (8 months, 9 days). Last win of 39/40 season (1-0 at home to Bohs on March 31st 1940) and first of 40/41 season (3-2 at home to St James’ Gate on December 8th 1940)
  • 253 days (8 months, 8 days. Last win of 1950/51 season (2-1 at home to Shels on March 25th 1951) and first of 51/52 season (2-1 at home to Evergreen Utd on December 2nd 1951).
  • 253 days (8 months, 8 days). Last win of 1942/43 season (3-1 at home to Bray Unknowns March 28th 1943) and first of 43/44 season (2-0 at home to Drumcondra December 5th 1943)
  • 246 days (8 months, 2 days). Last win of 1927/28 season (1-0 at home to Athlone 1st January 1928) and first of 28/29 season (5-1 at home to Jacobs September 2nd 1928).
  • 246 days (8 months, 1 day). Last win of 1971/72 season (3-0 at home to Waterford on 19th March 1972 – O’Connor hat-trick) and first win of 72/73 season (1-0 at home to Rovers on 19th November 1972 – OG)
  • 239 days (7 months, 27 days). Last win of 28/29 season (1-0 away to Fordsons December 29th 1929) and first of 29/30 season (7-3 at home to Waterford August 24th 1930).
  • 239 days (7 months, 26 days). Last win of 61/62 season (3-0 at home to Sligo Rovers on April 1st 1962) and first win of 62/63 season (2-1 at home to Cork Celtic on November 25th 1962). Dermot Cross scored in both games.
  • 239 days (7 months, 25 days). Last win of 57/58 season (3-1 at home to Limerick on April 5th 1959) and first of 59/60 season (6-1 away to Bohs on November 29th 1959)
  • 239 days (7 months, 25 days) between last win of 56/57 season (4-1 at home to Evergreen Utd March 17th 1957) and first of 57/58 season (8-2 at home to Cork Hibs November 10th 1957)
  • 238 days (7 months, 24 days). Last win of 57/58 season (3-2 at home to Bohs on April 7th 1958) and first of 58/59 season (1-0 at home to Bohs on November 30th 1958)
  • 232 days (7 months, 18 days). Last win of 66/67 season (3-0 at home to Limerick on 16th April 1967) and first win of 67/68 season (1-0 away to Drumcondra 3rd December 1967)
  • 232 days (7 months, 18 days). Last win of 41/42 season (4-1 away to Bray Unknowns March 29th 1942) and first of 42/43 season (2-0 at home to Rovers November 15th 1942).
  • 225 days (7 months, 11 days). Last win of 1963/64 season (4-0 away to Drumcondra on March 29th 1964) and first win of 64/65 season (1-0 at home to Cork Celtic on 8th November 1964).
  • 225 days (7 months, 11 days). Last win of 62/63 season (2-0 at home to Cork His on 31 March 1963) and first of 63/64 season (3-0 away to Cork Celtic on November 10th 1963)
  • 225 days (7 months, 11 days). Last win of 35/36 season (2-1 at home to Brideville April 19th 1936) and first of 36/37 season (3-1 away to Bray Unknowns November 29th 1936).
  • 219 days (7 months, 5 days). Last win of 59/60 season (4-2 at home to Sligo Rovers on April 21st 1960) and first of 60/61 season (5-2 away to Bohs on November 26th 1960).
  • 218 days (7 months, 4 days). Last win of 67/68 season (3-1 at home to Shels on April 14th 1968) and first win of 68/69 season (3-2 at home to Sligo Rovers on November 17th 1968).
  • 218 days (7 months, 4 days). Last win of 54/55 (4-2 away to Cork Athletic on April 17th 1955) and first of 55/56 (3-2 at home to Drumcondra on November 20th 1955).
  • 218 days (7 months, 4 days). Last win of 53/54 (3-1 at home to Limerick April 11th 1954) and first of 54/55 (4-3 away to Sligo on November 14th 1954)
  • 217 days (7 months, 3 days). Last win of 52/53 (3-2 at home to Evergreen Utd on April 6th 1953) and first win of 53/54 (2-1 at home to Sligo on November 8th 1953)
  • 212 days (6 months, 29 days). Last win of 36/37 season (2-1 away to Brideville April 17th 1937) and first of 37/38 season (4-0 at home to Sligo Rovers November 14th 1937)
  • 211 days (6 months, 28 days). Last win of 60/61 season (1-0 at home to Limerick on April 9th 1961) and first of 61/62 season (4-1 at home to Cork His on November 5th 1961).
  • 211 days (6 months, 28 days). Last win of 64/65 season (2-1 at home to Limerick – Hasty double on March 18th 1965) and first win of 65/66 season (2-0 at home to Shelbourne – Francie Callan double on 14th November 1965.
  • 211 days (6 months, 28 days). Last game of 40/41 season (2-0 at home to Limerick April 20th 1941) and first of 41/42 season (2-1 at home to Rovers November 16th 1941)
  • 210 days (6 months, 27 days). Last game of 37/38 season (4-0 at home to Rovers April 24th 1938) and first of 38/39 season (2-0 away to Bohs November 19th 1938).
  • 207 days (6 months, 23 days). Last win of 84/85 season (1-0 at home to Longford on March 28th 1985 courtesy of a Billy Wright goal) and first win of 85/86 season (3-0 away to Shels) on 20th October 1985. Dessie Gorman with two and an OG by Paddy Dunning in a game at Harold’s Cross.
  • 206 days (6 months, 25 days). Last win of 1998/99 season (3-2 at home to Sligo Rovers 11th Feb 1999) to first win of 1999/00 season (2-1 away to Kilkenny City September 4th 1999). David Ward scored in both games.
  • 205 days (6 months, 23 days) between last win of 31/32 season (9-0 at home to Jacobs on February 6th 1932) and first of 32/33 season (2-0 away to Dolphin on August 28th 1932).
  • 205 days (6 months, 22 days) between last win of 65/66 season (1-0 away to Limerick) and first of 66/67 season (5-0 at home to Cork Celtic on November 6th 1966).
  • 204 days (6 months, 21 days) between last win of 38/39 season (2-0 away to Waterford April 23rd 1939) and first of 39/40 season (3-2 at home to Shels on November 12th 1939)
  • 204 days (6 months, 20 days) between last win of 75/76 season (3-0 away to Rovers on 28th March 76) and first win of 76/77 season (3-1 away to Rovers on 17th October 76). Terry Flanagan scored in both.
  • 204 days (6 months, 20 days) between last win of 72/73 season (2-1 at home to Limerick on March 18th 73) and first win of 73/74 season (2-0 away to Athlone on 7th October 1973).
  • 200 days (6 months, 19 days) between the last win of the 2002/03 season (4-2 at home to Dublin City on November 18th 2002) and the first win of the 2003 season (3-1 at home to Limerick on June 5th 2003).
  • 200 days (6 months, 17 days) – between last win of 85/86 season and first of 86/87 season – 3-1 away to UCD on 3rd April 1986 and 2-0 at home to Sligo on 19th October 1986. Dessie Gorman scored in both.
  • 197 days – Last win of 82/83 season (1-0 at home to Drogheda March 20th 1983) and first of 82/83 season (1-0 at home to Galway October 2nd 1983).
  • 191 days – Last win of 68/69 season (3-0 away to St Patrick’s Athletic March 29th 1969) and first win of 69/70 season (2-1 at home to Drumcondra October 5th 1969).
Cobh Ramblers stats August 2020

Cobh Ramblers stats August 2020

Massey first again
Dane Massey got the first goal of the Vinny Perth era in Cork in the 2019 President’s Cup final. His strike on Sunday 569 days on, also from a Michael Duffy assist, was also the first of the Filippo Giovagnoli era. It was the 29th goal of his career and also came in the 29th minute. It was also his first ever goal in the FAI Cup.

Mac is back
David McMillan’s penalty for Dundalk against Cobh Ramblers on Sunday was his 75th goal for Dundalk. It was his first since scoring a brace in the FAI Cup semi-final replay against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght in October 2017. It’s his 10th in the FAI Cup and his first goal of 2020. His last goal was on December 28th 2019 for Falkirk in a 1-1 draw away to Airdrieonians FC at Penny Cars Stadium. The 31-year-old was starting his first game in exactly six months and one day. He last started a game for Falkirk in their 3-2 defeat away to Clyde in Scottish League One on February 29th.

Duffy’s day
It was a double landmark appearance for Michael Duffy pm Sunday. He played game number 150 in Dundalk colours while it was the 275th appearance of his professional career. He chipped in with his fifth assist of the season for Dane Massey’s goal and his first since the restart.

Boyle landmark
Andy Boyle returned to the Dundalk side on Sunday for what was the 30th FAI Cup appearance of his career and his first since the 2016 final. It was also the 375th game of his career.

Waterford stats league/FAI Cup August 2020

Waterford stats league/FAI Cup August 2020

Unbeaten home record equalled
While a draw was not the way they’d have liked to do it, Friday night saw Dundalk equal a club record of 25 league games unbeaten at home. By the time they play a league match at Oriel Park again on September 11th it will have been over two years since they last lost at home in the league – a 2-1 defeat to Shamrock Rovers in August 2018. As of Friday night it was 718 days since Dundalk last lost at home. Admittedly Covid-19 has had an impact but that is more than the 616 days that their last record lasted for. On that occasion the side went 25 games unbeaten at home between losing 2-1 to Limerick on September 27th 2013 and a 2-1 defeat to Bohs on June 5th 2015. Dundalk’s record then was almost identical to now.
2013-2015: Won 21. Drew 4. For 72. Against 10. 18 clean sheets.
2018-2020: 20 wins. 5 draws. For 59. Against 14. 15 clean sheets

Rare outings
Friday night was Patrick McEleney’s first start since September 29th last year when he limped off against Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup semi-final at The Showgrounds. For  John Mountney, it was also a first start since November 8th when he played in the 1-1 draw with Linfield at Windsor Park. Mountney started the 200th game of his career on the night. He also limped off injured that night as Mervue Utd went on to beat Finn Harps after extra-time on March 29th 2011.

Murray’s return
Sean Murray came off the bench after 27 minutes on Friday night for John Mountney in what was his first appearance since starting last November’s FAI Cup final defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

Player landmarks
Sean Gannon started his 250th game for Dundalk on Friday night. Having missed the midweek FAI Cup win over Waterford, Daniel Cleary also returned to the side for what was his 75th appearance for Dundalk. He marked it with what was his eighth goal for the club in stoppage time. Meanwhile, having made his debut off the bench against Waterford FC in the FAI Cup during the week, Joshua Gatt also came in for his league debut at half-time on Friday night. Fellow substitute David McMillan also came on for Dundalk appearance number 175. It was his 50th time coming off the bench for the club.

First starts of the year
Brian Gartland started his first game for Dundalk in 2020 against Waterford FC in the FAI Cup last Tuesday. It was his 225th appearance for the club, 25 of them now coming in the FAI Cup. It had been exactly nine months since he last started a game for Dundalk when he scored against Linfield in the Union the Union Cup. It was also a first start of 2020 for Cameron Dummigan following his return from a loan spell at Crusaders. It was his 10th start for the club in total but sadly was cut short due to injury. Will Patching also made his first start for Dundalk on the night. His last start in a competitive game prior to that came on December 8th 2018 when he was part of a Notts County side who lost 2-0 at Field Mill against Mansfield Town in League Two.

Hoare on target
Sean Hoare’s goal against Waterford FC in the FAI Cup on Tuesday was his 14th career goal and ninth for Dundalk. He has now scored four times in the FAI Cup, including three for Dundalk. The Lilywhites have won every time he has scored in a game.

Bohs stats August 2020

Bohs stats August 2020

Worst start since 2013
13 points from seven games is Dundalk’s worst start to a season since 2013 when they had 12 after the same number of matches.

Rare early double concession
It is two years since Dundalk last fell 2-0 behind so early in a game. That came in August 2018 when they were 2-0 down after 21 minutes, 3-0 down at half-time and lost 4-0 in the end. Dundalk haven’t come back from two down to draw a game since a 2-2 draw with Limerick FC at Oriel Park in April 2013 when goals from Dane Massey and Tiarnan Mulvenna cancelled out earlier strikes from Axel Bossekota and Shaun Kelly. It’s 11 years since they were two goals behind in a game and won. That came on August 8th 2009 when they won 4-3 against Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Duffy a loser at Dalymount again
Michael Duffy scored for the second successive game at Dalymount Park only to find himself on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. He was also on target in a 2-1 defeat at the Phibsborough venue last October at a time when Dundalk had already wrapped up the league title. His goal on Friday was his third of the season and his seventh career goal against the Gypsies. He has only scored more against UCD.

Player landmarks
Both Chris Shields and Andy Boyle started the 360th games of their respective careers on Friday night. Dane Massey also started his 275th game in all competitions for Dundalk while it was league start number 175 for the club for Sean Gannon. It was also league start number 125 for Dundalk for Patrick Hoban.

St Pat’s stats July 2020

St Pat’s stats July 2020

80 seconds between goals
There were just 80 seconds between Dundalk taking the lead and St Patrick’s Athletic equalising. The last time Dundalk conceded so soon after scoring was the 2018 FAI Cup final when there were 124 seconds between Sean Hoare heading Dundalk in front and Kieran Sadlier equalising from the spot. The nearest it happened under Vinny Perth was last July when Patrick Hoban’s 90th minute header against Derry in the Brandywell was cancelled out by Junior at the other end in the 95th minute.

Benson returns to haunt Dundalk
Robbie Benson scored 28 goals for Dundalk but his strike on Friday night was his fourth against them. His record in those games now reads Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 1. It was his first goal for St Patrick’s Athletic and the 64th of his career to date. It was Benson’s 340th career appearance on Friday night and his first time returning to Oriel Park since scoring on his final appearance there against Linfield last November.

Hoban hits his 100th
Having scored the 100th League of Ireland goal of his career last time out against Finn Harps back in March, Patrick Hoban’s early strike was his 100th goal for Dundalk FC in all competitions. In doing so the 29-year-old became just the sixth member of the Dundalk FC 100 club tonight joining Joey Donnelly, Eddie Carroll, Joe Martin (who he’s pictured with above), Paddy Turner and Jimmy Hasty. The goals came against the following teams:
12 – Bohemians
11 – UCD
10 – Sligo Rovers, Limerick FC
9 – Bray Wanderers
8 – Shamrock Rovers
7 – Cork City, Derry City
6 – St Patrick’s Athletic
3 – Drogheda Utd, Athlone Town
2 – Waterford FC, Finn Harps, Phoenix FC, Shelbourne
1 – Qarabag, Hajduk Split, Linfield, Levadia Tallinn, Coleraine, Sheriff YC

Five ever presents in Dundalk team
Only Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Chris Shields, Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban have started all of Dundalk’s league games this season with only the first trio having played every minute so far. Hoban and Gannon both made the 275th starts of their careers on Friday while it was just competitive career appearance number 75 for Jordan Flores

Similar points return to previous years
13 points from 6 matches is the same return Dundalk had in their 2014 and 2016 title winning seasons. Despite obvious disappointment on Friday, the Lilywhites are a point better off at this stage than they were after the same number of games in 2017, 2018 and 2019

Rare draw at home
Friday night was Dundalk’s first draw at Oriel Park in over a year since the 1-1 game with Qarabag exactly a year and a week ago. They hadn’t drawn a league game at home since May 3rd 2019 when Derry City held them 2-2 at Oriel. Friday night’s game was Vinny Perth’s 60th in charge of the club

Two debutants
Stefan Colovic made his home debut after being handed his first start for the club on Friday night while Nathan Oduwa also came off the bench to make his debut late on.

Finn Harps stats March 2020

Finn Harps stats March 2020

Hoban hits 100
Patrick Hoban’s double against Finn Harps on Friday night means he has now become just the 44th player to hit 100 league goals in the League of Ireland. The striker now has 81 league goals for Dundalk to add to the 19 he scored for Mervue Utd. He managed to reach the feat in what was just his 190th league start. His brace on Friday night were the first ever goals he had managed against Finn Harps in what was his 11th attempt, although just his fourth with Dundalk. His third minute opener was also a landmark as it was his 80th Premier Division goal and his 120th in Irish football.
Hoban’s goals came as follows:
11 – UCD
10 – Sligo Rovers
9 – Bray Wanderers, Limerick FC
8 – Bohemian FC, Cork City
7 – Derry City
6 – Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic
5 – Longford Town
4 – Athlone Town
3 – Monaghan Utd, Waterford FC, Drogheda Utd
2 – Salthill Devon, Finn Harps, Wexford FC
1 – Kildare County
They were scored at the following venues:
50 – Oriel Park
7 – Fahy’s Field
5 – UCD Bowl, Carlisle Grounds
4 – Athlone Town Stadium
3 – Bishopsgate, United Park, Tallaght Stadium, The Showgrounds, The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
2 – Gortakeegan, Ferrycarrig Park, Richmond Park, Finn Park
1 – Station Road, Drom, Markets Field, Dalymount Park, RSC, Tolka Park

Best start to a season for Hoban
Patrick Hoban now has five league goals in as many games. This represents his best ever scoring start to a season. In previous years with Dundalk, he had three goals in five matches in 2018, two in five in both 2014 and 2019 and none after this stage of 2013.

Sloggett off the mark
Greg’s Sloggett’s strike seven minutes from time at Finn Park on Friday night was his first goal for Dundalk and just the 10th of his career. It was also his first goal since scoring against Dundalk for Derry City in the FAI Cup last August.

Dundalk end Harps’ impressive run
Since Dundalk won 3-0 in Donegal just before the break last June, Finn Harps had played nine matches at home, winning six, drawing two and losing one. In that time St Patrick’s Athletic, who won 2-1 in Ballybofey exactly six months ago, were the only opposition team to have scored at Finn Park before Patrick Hoban opened the scoring on Friday night. While Dundalk had been held to a 1-1 draw in Finn Park last February, the aggregate score in the two sides last 12 league meetings now reads 39-1 in the Lilywhites’ favour. Vinny Perth played the last game of his career the last time Harps beat Dundalk back in November 2007 when Marc Brolly and Stephen Parkhouse scored in a 2-0 play-off win.

400 not out for Massey
Dane Massey started the 400th game of his career against Finn Harps on Friday night. It was also league start number 75 on the night for Dundalk for Sean Hoare and league start number 50 for his centre half colleague Daniel Cleary.

Duffy on target
Michael Duffy’s strike against Finn Harps on Friday night was his 35th league goal for Dundalk, the same number scored for the club as Dundalk and Finn Harps legend Hilary Carlyle.

Colovic debut
Stefan Colovic came off the bench to make his Dundalk debut on Friday night. In doing so he became just the second Serbian to play League of Ireland after Alex Krstić, who had two stints with Derry City in the late 1980s.

Impressive start
While Dundalk had lost the previous week away to Shamrock Rovers, victory in Ballybofey on Friday mean they now have 12 points out of a possible 15 at the start of the season. The only season in which Dundalk have had a better start in the Kenny/Perth era was 2015. They are now three points better off than at this stage of the last two title winning campaigns.