Best return of points
Dundalk now have 74 points from 30 games played this season. This is more points at this stage of a season than the club has ever had. Their previous best return from 30 matches was the 73 they had at this stage of both the 2018 and 2015 seasons.
17 different goalscorers
First league goals for Dane Massey and Andy Boyle away to Sligo Rovers last Monday means that Dundalk have now had 17 different goalscorers in the league this season. Of the players who have played at least 90 minutes only Chris Shields, Robbie Benson and Gary Rogers have yet to find the net.
Another clean sheet
Back-to-back clean sheets against Sligo Rovers and Cork City this week has taken Gary Rogers’ total in the league this season to 20 – equaling his best return for the club from last season. He achieved his 100th clean sheet for the club in all competitions in The Showgrounds last Monday and made it 101 against Cork on Friday when ironically the squad numbers of the Dundalk back five added up to 101.
Landmark goal for Massey
On his 200th league appearance for the club, Dane Massey popped up with his 20th goal for Dundalk away to Sligo Rovers last Monday. It was also the 25th goal of his career and his third at The Showgrounds. He likes scoring against the two Rovers. He now has forur against Sligo and has only scored more (5) against Shamrock Rovers.
Big week for Boyle
Andy Boyle made the 350th start of his career against Cork City on Friday night. Four days earlier he scored his ninth Dundalk goal away to Sligo Rovers. It was his first for the club since scoring in a 2-1 win over Bohemians at Oriel Park in October 2016. The game in The Showgrounds was just Boyle’s 10th game back in Dundalk colours. His last goal came when he scored the second in a 2-1 win for Ross County away to Inverness CT exactly five months earlier on April 2nd.
400 not out for Shields
Chris Shields made the 400th appearance of his career when he lined out for Dundalk against Sligo Rovers on Monday last. It was also the 300th league appearance of his career.
Massey and Boyle on target
Last Monday’s win away to Sligo Rovers was the first time Dane Massey and Andy Boyle have been on the scoresheet together in the same game since Dundalk’s 8-1 win over Bray Wanderers in May 2015. Derek Tomney was also the referee on that occasion.
Kelly’s 13th unlucky for Cork
Georgie Kelly scored his 13th goal for Dundalk when he popped up with a late winner away to Cork City on Friday. It came on his 44th appearance for the club and ironically left 44 points between the sides in the league table.
Lido Lotefa made his league debut for Dundalk when he came off the bench late on against Sligo Rovers in The Showgrounds last week. It was his fifth appearance for the club’s senior team in total. At the other end of the spectrum Robbie Benson returned to the side against Cork City on Friday night for what was career appearance 325 for him. He and Patrick McEleney both signed for the club at the same time back in late 2015 and both started their 70th league match for the club on the night while it was league appearance number 125 for the club for Patrick Hoban.