Dummigan Delighted To Be Heavily Involved
After fearing that his time at Dundalk would be spent on the fringes of the team, Cameron Dummigan has gone on to become an essential part of Filippo Giovagnoli’s squad over the past two months.
Shipped out to Crusaders on a loan deal at the start of the season, the former Oldham Athletic full-back returned to Oriel Park in July but found himself firmly behind Dane Massey and Darragh Leahy in the pecking order.
A bad ankle injury, sustained in the FAI Cup win over Waterford at Oriel Park on August 11th, hindered his chances of becoming a regular under Vinny Perth but Dummigan’s recovery to full fitness coincided with Filippo Giovagnoli’s arrival at Oriel Park and the 24-year-old has gone on to play more league minutes in the past two months than he played in the whole of last season, surprising everyone, including himself!
“I definitely wouldn’t have thought that,” he smiled. “When I came back in the summer I did think it would be hard getting back into the team but things have changed and Filippo has come in and given everyone a chance. He has seen everyone play so it has been good.”
The 24-year-old’s latest start came in the 4-1 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night when he filled the left-wing back position. “There’s a lot of running involved in that position and you’re up and down the whole night but it worked well on Friday,” he said. “Filippo seems to like it and I think the lads enjoy playing it which is the main thing.”
Dummigan’s performance – which included an assist for David McMillan’s second goal – was enough to win the man of the match award from RTE but he did his best to bat away the attention.
“I think the award could have gone to anyone of us,” he said. “Every one of the lads put in a good shift and we were delighted to get the win. There’s a lot of positivity around the place and we just want to keep it going now and put in a similar performance.”
Dundalk’s third goal left the home side fuming. Bohs felt that the ball had crossed the byline before Dummigan wrapped his foot around it. TV replays proved to be inconclusive and Dummigan was doing his best to be diplomatic! “I watched it back a few times myself and it’s hard to tell if the ball was out,” he grinned. “You have to play to the whistle and it worked out well for us so I can’t complain!”
Dummigan and his teammates have another busy week ahead. On Thursday night, Dundalk will face Rapid Wien on MD4 of the Europa League at the Dublin Arena and 72 hours later the Lilywhites head to Lissywoollen to take on Athlone Town in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup.
“We just need to work hard this week again and do our business. We gave away some silly goals in Vienna but we are confident going into it and then we have a cup semi-final to play. It’s an exciting week and the sort of week you want to be involved in.”