Dundalk midfielder Patrick McEleney is hopeful of kicking on in the coming weeks after ending a nine-and-a-half month goal drought with a brace against Finn Harps on Friday night.

The 26-year-old hadn’t found the net in a competitive fixture since his header won the Lilywhites the FAI Cup final against Cork City at the Aviva Stadium last November.

However, he is hopeful for better times ahead after marking his 100th start for the club with two goals and a man of the match display on Friday night.

Having suffered a dip in form which saw him lose his place in the side for the recent European double header with Slovan Bratislava, McEleney said he was hopeful he could take confidence from his display against the Donegal side.

“The goals have been a long time coming so I’m over the moon with that but the main thing was just getting the three points tonight,” he said.

“It wa probably good just for a bit of confidence I think. I think I did all right the other night when I came on against Bratislava but there’s a lot more to come from me and I hope I can do it.

“It does annoy you when you’re not scoring. It sticks in your mind to be honest. I’m not usually in this position, I usually have a few goals by now, but it is what it is. I’m playing a bit deeper as well too and I’ve been changing position a bit so I’ll just use that as an excuse,” he laughed.

The Derry man praised his side’s professional approach to Friday night to ensure there was no European hangover like in previous seasons when they dropped points after Europe.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game because they’ve been doing quite well. We were setup correctly and I think we done the business rightly.

“It’s just about building on this now. We’re playing now in every trophy over the next couple of weeks and we want to win everything so we’ll do our work right.”

While the result of Monday night’s EA Sports Cup semi-final at home to Bohemians wasn’t known at the time of going to print, McEleney said the squad had targeted a treble even though their two cup fixtures this week, including Friday night’s trip to face his hometown club Derry City, were as difficult as could be.

“We obviously talk about the treble in the changing room and we’ll be looking to do it.

“I think we slipped up last year and everybody knows that. It’s not usually like us. We don’t usually do things like that but we’ll be looking to do the business now.

“It got away last year. We were in a great position to win everything but we just had an off day and we let it slip but hopefully we don’t do the same again,” he said.