Audio: “Great Honour” for Byrne / Kearns on Home Form
Dundalk FC striker Jason Byrne says it is a “great honour and great feat” to have joined Turlough O’Connor in third place in the all-time League of Ireland scoring charts after netting his 178th league goal to give the Lilywhites a share of the spoils against Shamrock Rovers and move him within four goals of second-placed Pat Morley.
Byrne, whose fifth goal of the season also saw him join Derry City’s James McClean at the top of this year’s Premier Division scorers’ list, added: “It wasn’t something that I set out at the start of the season, because if you’re looking at targets, it sort of plays on your mind and you can get frustrated, so I’m just taking each game as they come.”
The 33-year-old, who was stretchered off with an Achilles injury in Friday’s scoreless draw against his former club Bray Wanderers, admitted: “I probably shouldn’t have even played myself after the other night’s injury, but it’s not a game that I want to miss. I always love to play against Rovers. I just got through the pain barrier and got on with it.”
Listen to Jason’s full reaction below.
Meanwhile, winger Daniel Kearns says his side want to keep their unbeaten home record intact “as long as possible”, after Byrne’s first-half penalty saw them stretch their unbeaten run at Oriel Park to six games, though he admitted he was “a little bit disappointed” not to collect all three points.
The Belfast-born star had been doubtful for the game with pleurisy, which forced him out of Friday’s visit of Bray, but medication over the weekend had him “feeling good” on the morning of the match, and he felt it was a “good performance from the lads”.
The 19-year-old concluded by setting his sights on maximum points from next weekend’s trips to Galway United and Bohemians.
Listen to Daniel’s full reaction below.