Big night for Mountney
John Mountney marked the 200th league appearance of his career with his first ever hat-trick on Friday night. His opener was the 25th career goal of his career, his second was his 25th for Dundalk while the third was the first penalty he has scored outside of a shoot-out. His hat-trick took him to four league goals for the season, equaling the career best tally he had for last year. Dundalk have now won all 22 matches in which Mountney has scored for the club. That included the previous Monday night’s EA Sports Cup goal against UCD. It was just the second time the Mayo native had scored in the competition with the previous one coming in a 1-0 win over Shelbourne at Oriel Park on April 7th 2015. Mountney has now scored five career goals against Sligo Rovers, equaling the total he has against Derry City in all competitions.
50th Oriel goal for Hoban
Pat Hoban’s strike against Sligo Rovers on Friday night was his 50th goal at Oriel Park in his career. It was also the 10th career goal he has scored against the Bit O Red. Since returning to Dundalk at the start of last season, he now has 40 goals in 54 league matches, as well as 11 assists. Hoban’s penalty against Sligo was his 13th goal from the spot for Dundalk, equaling the number scored by Richie Towell during his tenure at Oriel Park. With 11 league goals so far this season, Hoban has the same return after the same number of games as last year. He now leads the top goalscoring charts by four from Dinny Corcoran and Aaron Drinan.
The two penalties won by Dundalk on Friday night has brought their total for the season to 11 in 20 matches. To put that figure in context since Vinny Perth came to the club before the start of the 2013 season Dundalk had won just 30 league penalties in the six seasons up until this one. The 11 this season has taken that total to 41 with 31 of them having been scored. Rob Rogers (8) overtook Neil Doyle (7) as the referee who has awarded Dundalk the most spot kicks in that period on Friday night.
History repeats itself
On May 13th 2017, Dundalk beat Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park 4-0. That night Jamie McGrath got his first career hat-trick having been handed the third from the penalty spot by Ciaran Kilduff that night. History repeated itself on Friday with Pat Hoban handing the ball to John Mountney to complete his hat-trick nine minutes from time.
200 not out for Shields
Chris Shields made his 200th league appearance for Dundalk on Friday night. It was also his 250th league start between his time at Oriel Park and before that at Bray Wanderers.
A first for Gartland
Brian Gartland’s opener against UCD in the EA Sports Cup last Monday was his first ever goal in the competition. It was also his 34th for Dundalk, putting him ahead of Tony Cousins in the all-time scorers’ list where he now sits 41st. Gartland is the leading goalscoring defender in the club’s history. Joe Ralph, from St Malachy’s Villa’s, previously held the record with 31. Other high scoring defenders to have featured for the club include Billy O’Neill (30), Johnny Fearon and Shay Noonan (both 28) and Mick Doohan and Tommy McConville (both 26).