Goalscorer Kelly Delighted With Cork Victory
Dundalk were 1-0 winners over Cork City at Oriel Park on Friday night in a crucial SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash.
Georgie Kelly was the hero as he nodded home the winner from close range with just 12 minutes remaining on the watch, converting Sean Gannon’s cutback to send Oriel Park into ruptures.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after the game, Kelly was understandably pleased with his contribution, but the goalscorer was more satisfied with the overall win.
“It was a good goal for me and it was a great move for the goal. I thought Patrick’s (McEleney) pass to Sean (Gannon) was brilliant and that created the opening. He took a touch and played it brilliantly, I just threw myself at it and it ended up in the net thankfully,” said Kelly.
“I wasn’t long on and I knew there would be just one chance that would fall to me. I had an idea that I would get one and I knew that I had to take it. Cork City made it tough for us, they sat in and tried to frustrate us. We had chances and we had to break them down.
“It was a big one but it got us the win that we wanted and we are all delighted.”
The win continues the Lilywhites’ stunning domestic form, which features a run of 25 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Since their last defeat, away to Sligo Rovers on 12 April, the champions have gone up a gear, winning 59 points out of a possible 63 in the league to go 10 clear of Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table with six games to go.
Despite the cushion, Kelly isn’t taking anything for granted and is intent on continuing the current run for as long as possible.
“We are in good form. It has been a good few weeks for us and we have managed to get ourselves out in front, where we wanted to be. We have put ourselves in a good position with a lot of games to come, which is good.
“We want to win as many games as we can and we are doing all that we can to get there. The win puts us 10 points clear so we know that we are in a good place but there’s still a good few games left.
“We just have to keep chipping away and look forward to the next few weeks.”
The league campaign is parked now for a fortnight until we travel to Waterford on Friday 20 September.
In the meantime, the cups take centre stage, with the Extra.ie FAI Cup quarter-final against Waterford on Monday, before next Saturday’s EA SPORTS Cup final at the Brandywell against Derry City.
All focus this weekend is on the FAI Cup as the Lilywhites continue our defence of the trophy. Donegal native Kelly is looking forward to the trip to the RSC but is expecting a difficult encounter in the south east as we bid to reach the last four.
“The FAI Cup is massive to us. It’s a big week ahead for us with both cups but our focus is on Waterford on Monday night. They will be ready for that and it’s always difficult at the RSC. They will have a decent crowd down there so we know what to expect,” he said.
“We aren’t looking past that. We will prepare ourselves this weekend for that game. Everyone at the club is focused on that and it is a big game. Waterford are going well themselves. They are in a bit of form at the minute so they will want to win too.
“We are just focused on ourselves and we want to get back into the FAI Cup semi-finals.”