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Kelly Delighted To Get The Show On The Road

First Team News
// 16 Feb 2020

Dundalk got their season off to a winning start on Friday evening with a 1-0 success over Derry City.

Dane Massey scored the only goal of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining to give us all three points.

One of the standout performers on the opening night was winger Daniel Kelly and he spoke to dundalkfc.com in the aftermath of the victory admitting that it was imperative that the Lilywhites began with a win.

“It was important to get off to a good start. The past couple of seasons we haven’t had the best of openings so to win the first game was important to us and it is a good win for us.

“We wanted to get the show on the road and we knew that we had to start quickly. We have had a good pre-season and we knew that Derry City were going to be tough opponents.

“They gave us so many problems last year but we were able to come out on top thankfully.”

There was an air of rustiness around the side to begin with but as the game grew, so did the team and after the break, Vinny Perth’s men upped the tempo.

The 23 year-old himself had three separate chances to put us in front at 0-0, including a shot against the crossbar, however he was delighted that Massey found the net.

“The first half we both felt each other out, and it took us a while to gel together but I think in the second half we were a lot better. We dominated.

“We deserved to win, we had a lot of chances. I had a few of them – they all fell to me on the edge of the box! I came close hitting the crossbar and I almost hit it too well.

“Thankfully Dane (Massey) got the goal and gave us the win. Hopefully that performance will kick us on next week and beyond.”

The season rolls on into week two with a trip to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne.

It is our first meeting with Shels in the top flight since 2013 after their promotion from the first division in 2019.

Ringsend native Kelly is looking forward to the game and is hoping that the performance from Friday can be a springboard into a frantic period before the end of February.

“Shels had a good win in Cork. They will be difficult to play against next week and then we are into a tough schedule. It’s manic with all the games that we will be playing so it is important to get into a rhythm.

“We aren’t looking past Shelbourne and they are just back up so we know it won’t be easy, we know going there will be difficult but we are confident and we will be going there to get another win.”