McEleney’s drought ends
While he scored in the 11-0 Cup win over Athlone Town last November, Patrick McEleney’s strike at The Showgrounds on Saturday night was his first league goal for Dundalk since scoring twice in the 5-0 win over Finn Harps at Oriel Park 583 days earlier on August 16th 2019. It was his second goal at The Showgrounds having also scored in the 4-0 win there in March 2017 and his 24th for Dundalk in total. His goal came 11 years to the day since he made his League of Ireland debut for Derry City away to Waterford Utd. A Liam Kearney goal on 12 minutes won it for the RSC men that night.
Parkes haunts Dundalk again
Romeo Parkes’ equaliser on Saturday night was his second time scoring against Dundalk. The striker was also on target after just two minutes when Sligo beat Vinny Perth’s side 2-1 at The Showgrounds on April 12th 2019.
It was league appearance number 150 in Dundalk colours on Saturday night for Andy Boyle. Alongside him Daniel Cleary started his 60th league game for the club while Sonni Nattestad started his first. He was one of four league debutants on the night alongside Alessio Abibi, Raivis Jurkovskis and Junior while Sam Stanton also came off the bench to make his debut in the second half.
Sonni Nattestad became the first player from the Faroe Islands to play in the League of Ireland when he made his Dundalk debut on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Alessio Abibi became just the second Albanian to play on these shores after Marlon Marishta, who played a handful of times for Bray Wanderers last season. Raivis Jurkovskis also became the ninth Latvian to play in the league.
Shields returns to where it all began
Chris Shields captained Dundalk on Saturday in what was league game number 325 of his career. It came at the ground where he made his first appearance for Bray Wanderers as a sub for Sligo native Alan Cawley on November 14th 2008. Mauro Almeida and Conor O’Grady goals won the game for Sligo that night.
Duffy is back
Having not featured in pre-season due to injury, Michael Duffy came off the bench in the second half on Saturday to make his return. It was his 170th appearance in a Dundalk jersey but just his 11th off the bench.