Dundalk overtake Bohs for Player of the Month wins
Michael Duffy was last week named the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month winner for September. It was Dundalk’s 48th Player of the Month win in total, which sees them overtake Bohemians as the club with the most of all-time. Some 28 of those awards have now come in the Kenny/Perth era. It’s Duffy’s third Player of the Month win, the same number as the likes of Pat Hoban, David McMillan, Chris Forrester, Peter Hutton, Glen Crowe, Pat Byrne and Brendan Bradley to name but a few.
First league start for McCarey
Aaron McCarey made his first league appearance for Dundalk on Friday night, meaning Gary Rogers’ run as Dundalk’s only ever present this season was ended. It also meant he can no longer surpass Alan O’Neill’s record of 23 clean sheets in a league season but the club, which was ironically kept at Turner’s Cross when Dundalk beat Cork 1-0 thanks to a Tom McNulty strike to clinch the league title in 1991.
Dundalk’s defeat to Cork City on Friday night means that two potential records are gone for the side this season. They can no longer surpass the 23 clean sheets kept by the Dundalk title winning side of 1990/91 while they can also no longer over take the record points total set by the side from last season.
Failure to score
Friday’s defeat to Cork City was just the third time this season that Dundalk have failed to score in a league game and the first since April 5th when they also lost 1-0 away to St Patrick’s Athletic.
It was a big night for Dane Massey in Turner’s Cross on Friday night as he made the 300th league start of his career. It was also a big night for Chris Shields, who started the 350th match of his career in all competitions. Meanwhile, Sean Gannon made his 175th league appearance for Dundalk while it was league start number 75 for Robbie Benson. Daniel Kelly also made his 50th league start in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. It was his 30th start for Dundalk in all competitions this season and his 45th appearance for the club in total.