Hoban hits 100
Patrick Hoban’s double against Finn Harps on Friday night means he has now become just the 44th player to hit 100 league goals in the League of Ireland. The striker now has 81 league goals for Dundalk to add to the 19 he scored for Mervue Utd. He managed to reach the feat in what was just his 190th league start. His brace on Friday night were the first ever goals he had managed against Finn Harps in what was his 11th attempt, although just his fourth with Dundalk. His third minute opener was also a landmark as it was his 80th Premier Division goal and his 120th in Irish football.
Hoban’s goals came as follows:
11 – UCD
10 – Sligo Rovers
9 – Bray Wanderers, Limerick FC
8 – Bohemian FC, Cork City
7 – Derry City
6 – Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic
5 – Longford Town
4 – Athlone Town
3 – Monaghan Utd, Waterford FC, Drogheda Utd
2 – Salthill Devon, Finn Harps, Wexford FC
1 – Kildare County
They were scored at the following venues:
50 – Oriel Park
7 – Fahy’s Field
5 – UCD Bowl, Carlisle Grounds
4 – Athlone Town Stadium
3 – Bishopsgate, United Park, Tallaght Stadium, The Showgrounds, The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
2 – Gortakeegan, Ferrycarrig Park, Richmond Park, Finn Park
1 – Station Road, Drom, Markets Field, Dalymount Park, RSC, Tolka Park
Best start to a season for Hoban
Patrick Hoban now has five league goals in as many games. This represents his best ever scoring start to a season. In previous years with Dundalk, he had three goals in five matches in 2018, two in five in both 2014 and 2019 and none after this stage of 2013.
Sloggett off the mark
Greg’s Sloggett’s strike seven minutes from time at Finn Park on Friday night was his first goal for Dundalk and just the 10th of his career. It was also his first goal since scoring against Dundalk for Derry City in the FAI Cup last August.
Dundalk end Harps’ impressive run
Since Dundalk won 3-0 in Donegal just before the break last June, Finn Harps had played nine matches at home, winning six, drawing two and losing one. In that time St Patrick’s Athletic, who won 2-1 in Ballybofey exactly six months ago, were the only opposition team to have scored at Finn Park before Patrick Hoban opened the scoring on Friday night. While Dundalk had been held to a 1-1 draw in Finn Park last February, the aggregate score in the two sides last 12 league meetings now reads 39-1 in the Lilywhites’ favour. Vinny Perth played the last game of his career the last time Harps beat Dundalk back in November 2007 when Marc Brolly and Stephen Parkhouse scored in a 2-0 play-off win.
400 not out for Massey
Dane Massey started the 400th game of his career against Finn Harps on Friday night. It was also league start number 75 on the night for Dundalk for Sean Hoare and league start number 50 for his centre half colleague Daniel Cleary.
Duffy on target
Michael Duffy’s strike against Finn Harps on Friday night was his 35th league goal for Dundalk, the same number scored for the club as Dundalk and Finn Harps legend Hilary Carlyle.
Stefan Colovic came off the bench to make his Dundalk debut on Friday night. In doing so he became just the second Serbian to play League of Ireland after Alex Krstić, who had two stints with Derry City in the late 1980s.
While Dundalk had lost the previous week away to Shamrock Rovers, victory in Ballybofey on Friday mean they now have 12 points out of a possible 15 at the start of the season. The only season in which Dundalk have had a better start in the Kenny/Perth era was 2015. They are now three points better off than at this stage of the last two title winning campaigns.