Patrick Hoban’s opener against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night was his 70th league goal for the club, surpassing the previous record of 69 which had been held by Joey Donnelly since he scored his final league goal for the club against Cork Utd in February 1943.
Donnelly, who hailed from Pearse Park, had held the record since overtaking Eddie Carroll’s previous record of 47 goals when he scored a brace against Bohemians at Oriel Park in February 1939.
Amazingly, Hoban’s record breaking strike came six years to the day since he scored his first league goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Cork City at Oriel Park on April 26th 2013.
Hoban’s goal against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night was his seventh goal of the season, the same return he had after 13 matches of last season. It was also the seventh goal of his career against Shamrock Rovers and the seventh of his 36 league goals which Michael Duffy has assisted during his second spell with the club.
It was also the 17th time he has opened the scoring in a game since returning to the club before the start of last season.
Hoban had made his 100th league start for Dundalk against UCD on Easter Monday, scoring his 10th goal in seven matches against the Students from the spot.