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Delighted Kelly Pleased With First Senior Hat-trick

First Team News
// 20 Apr 2019

Hat-trick hero Daniel Kelly admitted that it doesn’t ‘come much better’ after the 3-0 win against Finn Harps on Friday. Speaking to dundalkfc.com after taking the match ball, he was first and foremost pleased with the win.

“They don’t come better than that. It’s important to get the 3-0 win. It was important that we got the win in the end.

“To get the clean sheet and the three goals is a bonus as well but I thought everyone was excellent on the night.

“Everyone dug in to get the result after a first half which was stop start with the lads getting injured but we got the goal just before half-time which was great for us.

“We knew if we got the second quick enough then they would drop their heads. The third killed the game off. “

He chose the first on the night as his favourite of the three and felt it was the most important as it set the Lilywhites on the road to victory against a difficult Finn Harps side.

“Probably the first because it kicked us on and it was the left peg which I don’t really use!

“I was due a decent goal so the first one and kicked us on for the second half. We knew they would come out in the second half to have a go and knock long balls into the box at us.

“They are good at what they do, set pieces and throw-ins – we had to defend a bit but when the second one went in it gave us confidence and got us the win. “

The hat-trick was Kelly’s first since his schoolboy days and he had a special word of praise for the support of the fans.

“It was my first since schoolboy football! It wasn’t bad at all and the fans gave me a great reception. The fans have been brilliant since I came here.

“We’ll take that into Monday and next week and see where it takes us.”

The Lilywhites have a difficult run of fixtures upcoming but the Dubliner isn’t looking too far ahead and was pleased to get the three points to add to the victory over Bohemians on Monday.

“The fixtures coming up aren’t easy but the last two games have been good. We got a bit of luck against Bohemians but we dug in against Finn Harps and I think we got what we deserve.

“3-0 is an accurate reflection of the game I feel and we are happy with our week so far.

“We knew Harps were going to be hard to beat and they defend well, they are strong on set pieces so we knew that.

“We are just delighted with the win.”

The match also saw the first starts in over 8 weeks for both Chris Shields and Patrick McEleney which is something that delighted the Dublin native and he commended the work both put in to get back to fitness in the time that they have.

“The two lads (Chris Shields and Patrick McEleney) have worked their socks up to get back to where they are.

“Patrick has been like a different man the past few weeks – he is so much skinnier and so much leaner.

“I thought he did very well in the game as did Chris. He is unbelievable at what he does, he is the best in that position and the Player of the Year in the league from last year. “

Up next for the champions is a trip to Belfield to face UCD and the former St. Pat’s CY is intent on taking all three points home.

“We have UCD on Monday in what is going to be a very tough match away from home. UCD are a good side.

“They played some good stuff against us back in February so it’s going to be difficult but hopefully we can come out with a win, get another clean sheet and move on. “