Following their win over Finn Harps on Saturday, Dundalk go into the break on 49 points, the same number of points they had after 21 matches in 2014, 2016 and 2018. They won the league in all those years. The only season they had a better points return at this stage was in 2015 when they had 54 points from 21 matches.
Michael Duffy scored his 55th career goal at Finn Park on Saturday but it was just the third with his head. The first was for Derry City against UCD in April 2013 and the second was earlier this season in the 1-0 win over Cork City in March. It was also his first ever goal against Finn Harps.
Career best for Mountney
John Mountney scored his fifth league goal of the season against Finn Harps on Friday, which is a career best return for him. It’s also his sixth goal in all competitions, also a career best. The Mayo man has now scored more headers in the league this season than any other player. Four of his goals have been with his head, one more than team-mate Pat Hoban and Cork’s Conor McCarthy. He has also continued his record of Dundalk winning every game he has scored in for the club.
Dane Massey came back into the side on Saturday for what was the 375th start of his career. Meanwhile, it was also a landmark appearance for two of his experienced defensive colleagues. It was game number 275 of Sean Gannon’s career and number 425 of Brian Gartland’s. Meanwhile, Pat Hoban started the 175th league match of his career on Saturday.
Another Gartland goal
Brian Gartland’s header against Finn Harps in Ballybofey on Saturday – his second against the Donegal side this season – was his 35th goal for the club. That saw him move up to 40th in the club’s all-time leading goalscorer list with Artie Kelly. It was also league goal number 28 for the centre half – the same number scored for the club as John Cleary.
Dylan Hand replaced Chris Shields for the final few minutes in Finn Park to make what was his league debut for the club. The 19-year-old has now featured for the first team on five occasions in total.