Boyle is back
2,326 days (6 years, 4 months and 15 days) after his first Dundalk debut, Andy Boyle returned to the side on Friday to make his second debut for the club. It was also his 300th start for an Irish club, his 130th league start for Dundalk and his 170th start for the Lilywhites in all competitions.
Hoban scores off the bench
When Andy Boyle made his first Dundalk debut back in 2013, Pat Hoban came off the bench to score and he repeated that feat in the Brandywell on Friday night after being left out of the starting 11 while available for the first time this season. Hoban’s late header was his 75th league goal for Dundalk and the 120th of his professional career. It was also his 86th goal for Dundalk in all competitions, equalling the figure scored for the club by Turlough O’Connor – only Hoban managed it in nine less appearances and 27 less starts.
McEleney in sequence
Patrick McEleney played his 111th Dundalk game on Friday night. It was also his 222nd start in the League of Ireland and 333rd appearance in Irish football. The previous Monday against Waterford, McEleney played his 250th league game in the League of Ireland while it was his 75th league appearance for Dundalk. His fellow Derry man, number 33 Dean Jarvis, made his 33rd league appearance for the club Friday against his home town club. It was his 11th start in the league this season – the same he managed in the whole of last season.
Kelly scores again
Georgie Kelly now has two goals in two league starts for Dundalk, having also scored on his previous start away to Bohemians this season. His equaliser on Friday was the 40th league goal of his career and his 45th career goal in total. It came on the ground where he made his League of Ireland debut for Derry against Dundalk against as an 88th minute sub for Shaun Kelly on Saturday March 14th 2015. Dane Massey scored the winner on 64 minutes that night.
Clean sheet run ended
David Parkhouse’s goal four minutes before the break on Friday night ended a run of 579 minutes without conceding for Gary Rogers. Dundalk had kept six clean sheets in their seven league games since last conceding two at home to Derry on May 3rd. The shut out at home to Waterford on the previous Monday was the club’s 14th clean sheet of the season and an 80th clean sheet in total for Rogers in the league with Dundalk. It also meant he surpassed his total of 13 clean sheets in the league for the whole of the 2016 season.
McGrath ends goal drought
Jamie McGrath’s strike against Waterford FC last Monday was his first goal in over 13 months since scoring in the 5-0 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park on May 25th 2018.
Another OG win
Kenny Browne became the 15th player to score an own goal against Dundalk since Vinny Perth came to the club in 2013 when he put through his own net for Waterford on Monday last. Dundalk kept up their of winning on all occasions in which they have benefitted from an OG in that period with a 3-0 win.