11th win by a single goal
Daniel Kelly’s eighth league goal of the season helped Dundalk to their eighth 1-0 win of the season against Derry City on Friday now. Vinny Perth’s side have now won 11 matches this season by a single goal. For Kelly it was his 13th goal in all competitions this season.
Sean Gannon started the 175th league game of his career on Friday night. Including this season, he has won seven league titles in that time – an average of one every 25 league starts. His assist for Daniel Kelly’s goal was his eighth of the season and the second he has provided for his fellow Ringsend man this season.
Derry’s Oriel struggles continue
Since losing their first ever game at Oriel Park back in November 1987, Derry City have won away to Dundalk only nine times in 37 visits. The Candystripes’ last victory at Oriel Park was a 3-1 win in April 2013.
Another clean sheet
Dundalk’s shut out of Derry on Friday night was their 22nd clean sheet in the league this season, one shy of the record of 23 held by Alan O’Neill with the Dundalk title-winning squad of 1990/91. Gary Rogers kept his 25th clean sheet of the season in all competitions against the Candystripes on Friday, equalling O’Neill’s return from that season. Having already overtaken Richie Blackmore’s league tally of 21 clean sheets from 1979/80, he is now just one shy of the club record 26 clean sheets he kept in all competitions that season.
League debut for Hanratty
Mark Hanratty made his league debut as a substitute for Dundalk on Friday night. The teenager had previously featured for the first-team in both the EA Sports Cup and Leinster Senior Cup this season.
Michael Duffy made his 100th league appearance for Dundalk against his home town club on Friday night. Meanwhile, Patrick Hoban played his 200th league match in the League of Ireland between his time with Dundalk and before that with Mervue Utd. It was also league start 275 for Andy Boyle between his time in Ireland, England and Scotland. Meanwhile, Georgie Kelly came off the bench to replace Sean Murray on the night for what was his 50th appearance for Dundalk.