Boyle on target in Tolka yet again
Andy Boyle might not score many goals but he has now found the net on his last three visits to Tolka Park with Dundalk. Despite playing 71 times for Shelbourne in all competitions, he never managed to find the net at the Drumcondra venue for the reds. His 18th minute finish on Friday was his 15th career goal. It was also his 10th league goal in the SSE Airtricity League and his 10th goal for Dundalk. He has never lost a game when scoring. Friday night was also League of Ireland league appearance number 245 for Boyle against the club where he made 51 of them between 2011 and 2012. It was also his 325th game in total in Irish football. Only twice has he come off the bench in his league career in Ireland, both were while at Shels. Boyle was part of the last Shelbourne team to record a win over Dundalk in the league. It came at Tolka Park in July 2012 when goals from Philip Gorman (2), Kevin Dawson and Ben McLaughlin gave Shels a 4-0 win in what was Sean McCaffrey’s last game in charge of the Lilywhites. Current squad members Chris Shields and John Mountney both started for Dundalk that night.
Hoban breaks Shels duck
On what was his 120th league start for Dundalk, Patrick Hoban popped up with his 77th league goal for the club. It was his first league goal against Shelbourne in his career but he had scored at Tolka Park before for the Lilywhites when Dundalk won 5-1 in the FAI Cup quarter-final in September 2013. That was also the last game in which Hoban and Boyle both scored.
Dundalk have now taken six points from a possible six from their opening two matches. That is four points better off than after the opening two games of the last two seasons. Ironically the last time they started as well in 2017, they didn’t win the league in the end.
Landmark for Rogers
It was league game number 565 on Friday night for Gary Rogers, putting him level with Shels legend Owen Heary in second place in the all-time league appearance list. Rogers also started his 160th league game for Dundalk on the night.
200 not out for Gannon
Sean Gannon played the 200th league match of his career on Friday. It was also 9 years ago on Sunday since he made his senior debut for Shamrock Rovers in a 2-0 Leinster Senior Cup win over Dundalk at Oriel Park as a half-time sub for Craig Sives. Gary O’Neill and Colm Corcoran got the goals for Rovers that night.
Darragh Leahy came off the bench late on against Shelbourne on Friday night to make his Dundalk debut. It was also his 50th SSE Airtricity League Premier Division appearance of his career.