Cherrie Looks Back at Pats Draw
Peter Cherrie says his experience from playing with Alex Williams at Clyde and Dundalk helped him make a late point-saving stop from his former teammate and countryman in an exciting scoreless draw with Saint Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park on Friday night. The Lilywhites goalkeeper has made himself a cult hero at the border venue since signing last July and he further enhanced his reputation with two world-class saves as the side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Dundalk are now unbeaten in 11 matches under Ian Foster but they would certainly have been on the end of a first defeat were it not for the heroics of Cherrie, whose finest save came five minutes from time when he stood tall to deny Williams, who he has twice previously played with. “It was a one-on-one and I actually thought he was going to hit it a lot earlier than he did,” Cherrie told dundalkfc.com. “But I’ve stayed big and saved it. I’m very used to him (from Clyde and Dundalk), I know him very well, so I know what he’s going do to.”
Cherrie had earlier made similar impressive saves, firstly from a 30-yard effort by former Shelbourne midfielder David McAllister in the opening period before he also somehow denied Conor Kenna after the break, the former Drogheda United captain connecting with a pinpoint Ian Bermingham free-kick only for the Bellshill-native to produce another amazing stop as the ball headed for the top corner. “(McAllister) hit it and it was coming a long way so it was dipping and it was moving,” he said. “If I tried to catch it I probably would have pushed it into the net or pushed it to one of their players, so I’ve had to push it over the bar. I didn’t know anything about (Kenna’s header), to be honest. I just seen it hitting him and I threw myself, so luckily I got a good hand to it.”
Cherrie has now played 540 minutes so far this year, conceding just two goals along the way, both against Drogheda a fortnight ago. And despite his eye-catching form, he says he is “annoyed” to have conceded that double. “I’m very happy with my form in general, but I didn’t like to concede those two goals,” he said. “That has annoyed me, but overall I’m pleased with my form.” On the side’s performance against St. Pat’s, which continued Dundalk’s best start to a Premier Division campaign in almost 19 years, Cherrie went on to state: “It was a pretty even game. Both sides had their chances, but I thought we should have won it. We had a good few clear-cut chances.
“We played at a good tempo in the second half but they came out of the blocks well too after the break and they had a right good go at us,” he added, “and they had a couple of chances. We’re still unbeaten, though, so none of the guys can complain, really; we just need to start scoring goals. We’re solid everywhere else – we just can’t take our chances at the minute. But it’s a great start for us, nobody can complain with eight points. We have a very busy weekend next week. All the boys will have to rest well and look after themselves well. We’ve two hard games coming up, but we’ll be going out to win both of them, and hopefully we can go there and do well.”