Another Derry goal for Dane
Dane Massey marked his 200th league start for Dundalk on Friday night with the only goal of the game. It was the 19th league goal for Dundalk and his fifth against Derry City. The left back has previously scored the third in a 5-0 win at Oriel Park on September 8th 2014, the winner in a 1-0 win at the Brandywell on March 13th 2015, the second in a 5-0 win at the Brandywell on July 1st 2016, the opener in a 3-1 loss at Maginn Park on March 13th 2017 and, of course, Friday’s winner.
Derry drought continues
Derry’s defeat to Dundalk on Friday night means they have now gone 14 games since their last victory at Oriel Park. That came back in April 2013 when they won 3-1. Since then Dundalk have won nine and drawn five in all competitions, outscoring their opponents by 31 goals to 10.
There were debuts on Friday night for new Dundalk signings Greg Sloggett and Cammy Smith. For the second year running Sloggett made his debut against his former club having started for Derry in their 3-0 win over UCD on the opening night of last season. For Smith it was the 120th start of his career. Will Patching also came off the bench late on to make his first appearance for his new club.
There was a double landmark for Daniel Kelly on Friday night. As well as starting his 25th league game for Dundalk, it was also his 50th appearance for the club in all competitions.
Rare winning start
Since beating Bray Wanderers 1-0 courtesy of a last gasp Garry Breen goal 10 years ago, Dundalk had won just three times on the opening night prior to Friday – a 1-0 win at home to Longford Town in 2015, a 3-1 win away to Bray in 2016 and a 2-1 win over Rovers in 2017.
Friday night saw Jordan Flores contribute his third assist for Dundalk. His first also came against Derry City last season when he provided for Patrick Hoban’s opener in the 2-2 draw with the Candystripes at Oriel Park last May. The midfielder came off the bench on Friday for his 22nd appearance for the club. That means he has now played more for the Lilywhites than any other club.
Left foot strike
Dundalk had scored 11 goals (15 in all competitions) last year before doing so via someone’s left foot (Daniel Kelly’s opener when for his hat-trick against Finn Harps). This season the first goal was from the left foot of Dane Massey.