Gartland Delighted After Great Week
Dundalk continued their fine winning streak on Friday over Derry City with a 1-0 win at Oriel Park.
The Candystripes who have been difficult opponents for the Lilywhites this season with Declan Devin’s men the only team not to taste defeat in those 31 matches.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after the match was an elated captain Brian Gartland and he was understandably pleased with the win and particularly the clean sheet.
“It was a good win for us on Friday against a good side. They have shown over the course of the season how good they are and especially against us. We have had some tough matches against Derry this season, they have been good games.
“But we are delighted to get the win and importantly the clean sheet. We have conceded a couple against them this season so to get the clean sheet was something which we wanted and were pleased to do.
“We could have been better I suppose but we won and that is the important thing.”
The win saw Vinny Perth’s troops extend their unbeaten run to the 31 mark in what has been a phenomenal stretch since April 12th and that defeat to Sligo Rovers.
The form has seen Dundalk clinch the league title, the EA SPORTS Cup and book their place in the extra.ie FAI Cup Final.
Gartland reflected on an outstanding run but insisted that there will be no let up from now until the end of the campaign.
“We have been brilliant since April and football is like that. You have a bad week and everyone is doom and gloom but quality will always shine through. We have quality in abundance throughout the squad.
“You can see that by the way we have rotated throughout the year. The team hasn’t been weaker and that is a testament to the players that we have. It has been brilliant and our run has been great but we want to keep that going right to the end of the season. ”
One of the intriguing aspects of the Lilywhites has been the rotation of the squad and the different partnerships all over the pitch.
Centre-back has seen perhaps the most change and Gartland was reunited with his old partner Andy Boyle on Friday night.
It produced a similar result to the majority of the previous times and the Dubliner was delighted to play with Boyle once more.
“Bebop and Rocksteady were back together!” He laughed. “It’s great playing with Andy. The two of us play well together and we have a good understanding between each other so it is easy to play with him and I have always enjoyed it.
“He has been great since he come back, he’s a brilliant player and we are delighted to have him.”
There are three remaining matches in the SSE Airtricity League before we take on Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup final. The Unite the Union Champions Cup follows that against Linfield also.
Everyone wants to be sharp heading into the AVIVA date and that is something the skipper knows proclaiming ‘it’s all to play for’ as we approach the end of the campaign.
“There’s a lot to play for, there’s places up for grabs in the FAI Cup Final. You will see that over the next few weeks that everyone will be itching to play and prove themselves to get into the team for the final which is good.
“Everyone will be chomping at the bit and there’s a lot of football to play before now and then so we are looking forward to it. There will be no let up from us, everyone will want to make sure that they are in that team come November 3rd.
“We have high standards and we want to maintain them.”
It was a big week for Gartland other than that as he welcomed his first child with wife Bronagh.
Bobbie Gartland entered the world last Tuesday and he was beaming with joy…rushing off to get home to see his son.
“It was an unbelievable week, an incredible experience for me and I couldn’t be any more proud. Bobbie was born on Tuesday and we are over the moon with him and everyone is doing well. We are just delighted and it has been great.
“Everyone has been great and to win just topped off an unbelievable time.”