Four on final day yet again
For the fourth time in five seasons, Dundalk finished their league campaign by scoring four goals against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night. Dundalk also scored four on the final days in 2015 (4-0 v Bray Wanderers), 2016 (4-1 v Galway Utd) and 2017 (3-4 v Galway Utd).
Rogers equals league clean sheet record
Gary Rogers kept his 23rd clean sheet in the league this season against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night, equalling the league record which has been held by Alan O’Neill since he kept the same amount of clean sheets – albeit over 33 matches – when Dundalk won the league in 1990/91. It’s the third season in-a-row that Rogers has topped the league for clean sheets and the seventh time he has managed it in the Premier Division having also done so in 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He also equalled another club record on Friday with the clean sheet his 26th in all competitions this season – the same number as Richie Blackmore managed in 1979/80.
Massey on target
On his 21st league start of the season Dane Massey scored his 21st goal for Dundalk on Friday night. It was also the 22nd league goal of his career – coming in the 22nd minute. His first half header was his second league goal of the season and his third in all competitions having also scored in the President’s Cup. It was Massey’s first ever league goal against St Patrick’s Athletic. He previously scored against them last season in a 4-4 EA Sports Cup tie at Richmond Park.
Kelly’s 14th of the season
Daniel Kelly’s strike against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night was his 14th goal in his debut season for Dundalk on the night the club lifted their 14th title. It was his ninth league goal of the campaign and 22nd of his career.
First assist for Benson
Robbie Benson clocked up his first assist of the season when setting up Daniel Kelly for his goal on Friday night. The midfielder has spent much of the year sidelined through injury.
Kelly off the bench to score again
Georgie Kelly came off the bench for the 22nd time in the league this season – more than any other player in the Premier Division – to score his 14th goal for the club. It was his eighth in total in the league this season.
Gartland back in the side
Brian Gartland came back into the side on Friday night as captain to lift the trophy at the end. It was his 220th appearance for the club and the 420th start of his career. It was also his 21st start in the league this season – the same number as two of the other members of the back four: Dane Massey and Daniel Cleary.
Injured pair return
John Mountney came back into the side on Friday night having missed the last eight league matches. The Mayo man hadn’t featured since limping off after just seven minutes into the 3-0 win over UCD at Oriel Park on August 26th. Meanwhile, Jordan Flores also returned to action as a second half substitute having not featured since playing 90 minutes against Finn Harps in the game before the break back in June.