Long run of winning when ahead ends
Dundalk’s defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night was the first time in 105 league matches that the Lilywhites lost a league game from a winning position. That came almost three years ago on March 13th 2017 when Derry City came from 1-0 down to beat Stephen Kenny’s side 3-1 at McGinn Park. Ironically that was the fourth game of that season as well.
Three in three for Hoban
Patrick Hoban has now scored three goals in his last three games. It was a landmark week for the striker who played his 175th game for Dundalk against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night on the back of his 250th game in Irish football against Cork City four days earlier. Friday’s defeat to Shamrock Rovers was just the fifth time Hoban has scored in a game for Dundalk and lost and the second time it has happened against Rovers – the other being the 2014 FAI Cup 1/4 final replay. His penalty against Cork City on Monday last was Hoban’s 50th league goal for Dundalk at Oriel Park. His two goals this week saw him move level and then surpass Francie Callan in the club’s all-time scoring list.
Jordan Flores scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his career with his stunning strikes against Cork City and Shamrock Rovers this week. He now has eight goals to his name in his career with the defeat to Shamrock Rovers the first time he has scored in a game and lost. He was making just his 10th league start for Dundalk on Friday night and also his 25th appearance for the club in total. His goal against Cork City on Monday last was his first on home soil since scoring his first career goal on his first senior career start for Wigan in a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town at the DW Stadium on September 19th 2015.
30th league win for Perth
Dundalk’s victory over Cork City on Monday last was the 30th league win of Vinny Perth’s Dundalk career. Meanwhile, the defeat to Shamrock Rovers was his fifth loss since succeeding Stephen Kenny in January 2018.
First assist from play for Kelly
Daniel Kelly’s assist for Patrick Hoban’s goal against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night was his first from play in the league for Dundalk. Prior to that all of his assists had been after being fouled for penalties, including as recently as Monday last when he was taken down to win his side a spot kick against Cork City.
100th start for Duffy
Michael Duffy started his 100th league game for Dundalk on Friday night. His league debut also came against Shamrock Rovers just over three years ago on February 24th 2017 in a 2-1 win over the Hoops at Oriel Park. His goal on the night was his 41st in Dundalk colours, putting him level with another flying winger, the late Jimmy Dainty and half back Sam Patton. It was also the 65th goal of his career.
Shields back at Tallaght as captain
Chris Shields led Dundalk out at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night exactly 7 years and 5 months on from the last time he did so – a 7-0 defeat for Dundalk in September 2012. Current Rovers captain Ronan Finn opened the scoring that night while Sean Gannon started for the Hoops. Aaron Greene was the third survivor from that night involved on Friday night. He was a 68th minute sub for Craig Sives that day.
Last Monday’s game against Cork City was a landmark night for Sean Hoare who made his 100th start for Dundalk and also the 200th start of his career. It was also league appearance number 75 for the centre half in Dundalk colours. His centre half partner on the night Daniel Cleary was also making his 50th league appearance for the club on the night.
Rogers overtakes Heary
Having moved level with Owen Heary in the league’s all-time appearance list against Shelbourne, Gary Rogers overtook him with his 566th appearance against Cork City on Monday last. Only Al Finucane on 634 games has now played more than the Dundalk goalkeeper in the league’s history.