Dundalk captain Andy Boyle hailed his side and their victory after they took all three points against Longford Town at Oriel Park on Sunday evening. 

Goals from Patrick Hoban and Sean Murray after the break gave the win to the Lilywhites and speaking to dundalkfc.com after the contest, Boyle was delighted to get the victory and felt it was important to keep the run going.

“It was a good win for us. It took us a while to get going but once we got the first goal we were able to settle things and go on and win the game.

“We probably could have had a couple more on the night but getting the win was the most important thing because they were tough to break down. We haven’t been able to beat Longford this year so it was important to do that.

“It is always difficult playing so soon after the derby but I felt we deserved the win and we got the three points which we wanted. Hopefully we can finish on the last weekend strongly.”

Andy Boyle in action in the Louth Derby. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

It was the side’s third match in 9 days and that included a Louth Derby win over Drogheda United just 72 hours earlier at Head in the Game Park.

The 30 year-old believes that was a factor in Dundalk’s sluggish first half performance but was always confident the side would pick things up.

“The first half was probably a result of the intensity of Thursday night but it was always going to be a difficult match. We know how tough it is in every game and they sat in looking to hit us on the break.

“They had a few chances themselves to be fair but we got through that and we knew if we were patient then we would get there which we did and thankfully Pat (Hoban) and Sean (Murray) got the goals.

“It’s another win for us and we are finishing the season the way we want to.”

14 September 2021; Andre Wright of Sligo Rovers in action against Andy Boyle of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk at The Showgrounds in Sligo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

After the three matches in just over a week, Dundalk now have a 12 day gap between the penultimate and final matches of the season, when we welcome Derry City to Oriel Park on November 19th.

Dublin native Boyle is intent on continuing that form to end the campaign against the Candystripes with fourth place in the table potentially up for grabs.

“We have a bit of a break now and we would rather be playing next week but we have had a hectic schedule. We have got three wins from the last three which is what we set out to do and we have been brilliant at home.

“We have one match left against Derry City and we will prepare properly for that. Hopefully we can get the win and see where it takes us.

“Derry are a good side and they will be coming here to win but we are confident and want to finish the season on a high. “