Perth joins Fox in history books
Vinny Perth has joined Alan Fox in the record books as the only Dundalk manager to have won a league title in their first season at the club. Welshman Fox won the league in his debut season when he guided a star-studded side to the 1966/67 title by a seven point margin over Bohemians and Sligo Rovers. It was one of five trophies he clinched that season, something that is now achievable for Perth who already has the Presidents’ Cup, EA Sports Cup and league in the bag with the prospect of the FAI Cup and the Unite the Union Champions Cup to follow. The closest to matching Fox’s achievement prior to now was Jim McLaughlin, who won the League in his first full season in 1975/76 but he actually joined Dundalk in November 1974 midway through the 1974/75 campaign.
Gannon equals league record
Sean Gannon now has seven League of Ireland winners’ medals after Dundalk’s title success. That equals the record currently held by Owen Heary, Johnny Matthews and John O’Neill.
30 games unbeaten
Dundalk are now 30 games unbeaten domestically after their victories over Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers this week. A clean sheet in the FAI Cup semi-final replay was also the 25th of the season. Gary Rogers now has 24 clean sheets this season, equalling his return from last season but with seven games still to play in all competitions.
Chris Shields started his 250th game for Dundalk against Shamrock Rovers on Monday while it was game number 200 for Dundalk for Gary Rogers on the night. Jamie McGrath also made the 175th appearance of his career against Shamrock Rovers while it was a 125th start for Michael Duffy. Meanwhile, against Sligo Rovers on Sunday, Dane Massey made his 275th appearance for the club while Sean Gannon made his 250th.
Hoare continues Dublin theme
Dundalk’s number four Sean Hoare chipped in with his fourth league goal this season against Shamrock Rovers on Monday last. It was his eighth for the club, all of which have had a Dublin theme. He has now scored three against Bohemians and one apiece against Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, UCD and Crumlin Utd. The other goal was against Cork but came in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium.
Benson off the mark
Dundalk number 18 Robbie Benson became Dundalk’s 18th different goalscorer in the league this season when he found the net against Shamrock Rovers on Monday last. It was his 11th career goal against the Hoops – more than he has scored against any other opponent. It was also league goal number 55 of his career and his 11th career goal at Oriel Park.
Sean Hoare and Robbie Benson’s goals against Shamrock Rovers on Monday last has taken the number of headed goals Dundalk have scored this season to 21. To put that in context UCD have only scored 21 goals in total this season while the side with the next nearest amount of headers are Cork City with eight.
81 day run ended
Aaron Greene’s goal for Shamrock Rovers on Monday last was the first league goal that Dundalk had conceded in 81 days since the 2-2 draw with Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday July 5th. It was also the first league goal conceded at Oriel Park since Danny Grant gave Bohs the lead in a game Dundalk ultimately won 2-1 on May 20th.
Big week for Duffy
Having scored against both Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers this week, Michael Duffy now has 38 goals in total for Dundalk. His strike against Shamrock Rovers was his 32nd league goal for the club, equalling the number achieved by the late Jimmy Dainty. He has also equalled and surpassed Kevin Murray and David Ward’s return of 37 goals for the club in the last week.
Dundalk’s Cup hoodoo over Sligo continues
Dundalk’s victory over Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup on Sunday means you have to go back to March 1951 to find the last time the Bit O Red beat Dundalk in the Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win at The Showgrounds. To put that in context, Mayo were All-Ireland champions at the time. Since then the sides have met seven times, including Sunday, with Dundalk winning them all including two replays and the 1981 final.