Landmark night for McEleney
Friday night was a landmark night for Patrick McEleney who marked his 100th start for Dundalk with his first goals since scoring the winner in last November’s FAI Cup final against Cork City. His opener was a landmark on three fronts as it was his 20th goal for the club, his 30th League of Ireland Premier Division goal and his 60th career goal. His second a minute from the end was also the 45th league goal he has scored in his career.
First start at home
Having played away against Bohemians, Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic, Georgie Kelly started his first league game for Dundalk on Friday night at Oriel Park – 1 year, 1 month and 2 weeks (410 days) exactly on from when he joined the club. He marked it with his first league goal at Oriel Park in what was also his 10th goal for Dundalk. It was his sixth career goal against Finn Harps. Friday night was also a first league start at Oriel Park for Cameron Dummigan.
Kelly’s Harps record
Daniel Kelly scored his sixth goal of the season with the opener against Finn Harps on Friday night but it was his fourth against the Donegal side. He now has as many goals for Dundalk as he managed for old club Bohemians. Friday night was the 70th senior appearance of his career with his 14th goal leaving him with an average of one in five.
Big week for McGrath
Having played his 100th game for Dundalk on Tuesday night against Slovan Bratislava, Jamie McGrath came off the bench to score his 10th league goal for the club against Finn Harps on Friday night. It was also his 10th career goal at Oriel Park.
First assist for Massey
Dane Massey’s assist for Michael Duffy’s goal against Slovan Bratislava on Tuesday was his first of the season. Having been an unused sub against Cobh Ramblers the previous Saturday, Massey has now played more European matches (29) than FAI Cup matches (28) in his career. He and Sean Gannon have played more European matches than any other player for Dundalk in the club’s history.
Of the 19 clean sheets Dundalk have kept in all competitions so far this season, club captain Brian Gartland has now been involved in 15 of them. Dundalk have conceded just six goals in matches involving the 32-year-old.
Dundalk have now lost both games refereed by Austrian Robert Schorgenhofer, who took charge of Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat against Slovan Bratislava. He was also in charge when Dundalk lost 2-1 away to Maccabi Tel Aviv in December 2016, giving the Israelis a penalty that night.