80 seconds between goals
There were just 80 seconds between Dundalk taking the lead and St Patrick’s Athletic equalising. The last time Dundalk conceded so soon after scoring was the 2018 FAI Cup final when there were 124 seconds between Sean Hoare heading Dundalk in front and Kieran Sadlier equalising from the spot. The nearest it happened under Vinny Perth was last July when Patrick Hoban’s 90th minute header against Derry in the Brandywell was cancelled out by Junior at the other end in the 95th minute.
Benson returns to haunt Dundalk
Robbie Benson scored 28 goals for Dundalk but his strike on Friday night was his fourth against them. His record in those games now reads Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 1. It was his first goal for St Patrick’s Athletic and the 64th of his career to date. It was Benson’s 340th career appearance on Friday night and his first time returning to Oriel Park since scoring on his final appearance there against Linfield last November.
Hoban hits his 100th
Having scored the 100th League of Ireland goal of his career last time out against Finn Harps back in March, Patrick Hoban’s early strike was his 100th goal for Dundalk FC in all competitions. In doing so the 29-year-old became just the sixth member of the Dundalk FC 100 club tonight joining Joey Donnelly, Eddie Carroll, Joe Martin (who he’s pictured with above), Paddy Turner and Jimmy Hasty. The goals came against the following teams:
12 – Bohemians
11 – UCD
10 – Sligo Rovers, Limerick FC
9 – Bray Wanderers
8 – Shamrock Rovers
7 – Cork City, Derry City
6 – St Patrick’s Athletic
3 – Drogheda Utd, Athlone Town
2 – Waterford FC, Finn Harps, Phoenix FC, Shelbourne
1 – Qarabag, Hajduk Split, Linfield, Levadia Tallinn, Coleraine, Sheriff YC
Five ever presents in Dundalk team
Only Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Chris Shields, Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban have started all of Dundalk’s league games this season with only the first trio having played every minute so far. Hoban and Gannon both made the 275th starts of their careers on Friday while it was just competitive career appearance number 75 for Jordan Flores
Similar points return to previous years
13 points from 6 matches is the same return Dundalk had in their 2014 and 2016 title winning seasons. Despite obvious disappointment on Friday, the Lilywhites are a point better off at this stage than they were after the same number of games in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Rare draw at home
Friday night was Dundalk’s first draw at Oriel Park in over a year since the 1-1 game with Qarabag exactly a year and a week ago. They hadn’t drawn a league game at home since May 3rd 2019 when Derry City held them 2-2 at Oriel. Friday night’s game was Vinny Perth’s 60th in charge of the club
Stefan Colovic made his home debut after being handed his first start for the club on Friday night while Nathan Oduwa also came off the bench to make his debut late on.