After failing to score in Bratislava on Wednesday night, Dundalk have now failed to find the net on their last four away trips in Europe following on from blanks away to Qarabag, Riga FC and AEK Larnaca last season. The last goal scored away from home by a Dundalk player in Europe was Dylan Connolly’s winner away to Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League in July 2018.
First Euro start
Having made three sub appearances in Europe before last Wednesday, Sean Murray started his first European match for Dundalk against Slovan Bratislava at the Tehelné pole. When he came off in the 70th minute, his replacement Patrick McEleney came on for what was the 350th appearance of his career.
Rare start for McCarey
Aaron McCarey made just his fourth Dundalk start against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday, keeping his first clean sheet for the club in the process. His last appearance in the FAI Cup came for Monaghan Utd away to St Patrick’s Athletic in the quarter final in September 2009. Brian Gartland was on his side that night while Gary Rogers was in the opposite goals. A Bobby Ryan goal in extra-time saw Pat’s win 1-0.
Gartland’s FAI Cup landmark
Brian Gartland captains the side on what is his 20th start in the FAI Cup for Dundalk. It’s also the 30th FAI Cup appearance of his career.
Another Kelly goal
Georgie Kelly’s header against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday was his fifth career goal against the Co Cork side and his fourth at St Colman’s Park. He has only scored more goals against Cabinteely (6) and Athlone Town (12) in his career.
First team debut
It was a big night for James Carroll on Saturday who made his Dundalk senior debut against Cobh Ramblers. The U-19 player had previously played first team football for Drogheda Utd.
Two survivors from last year
Ben O’Riordan and David Hurley the only survivors from the Cobh Ramblers side which shocked Dundalk 1-0 in the EA Sports Cup semi-final 369 days earlier at St Colman’s Park. John Mountney and Daniel Cleary were the only survivors from the Dundalk starting 11 that day and the only two to retain their place from their side’s defeat away to Slovan Bratislava three days earlier.