Kelly Intent On Finishing Season On Trophy High
Dundalk head into the second leg of tomorrow’s Unite the Union Champions Cup tie with Linfield with the scores deadlocked at 1-1.
The first leg finished 1-1 at Windsor Park in what was an entertaining encounter between the champions on both sides of the border.
Shayne Lavery’s first half strike was cancelled out by Daniel Kelly and speaking to dundalkfc.com after the clash, Kelly admitted that the Lilywhites took time to get to grips with Linfield’s style.
“We were a bit slow to start perhaps and it took us a little while to get used to how they played in the first half but after that I thought we were very good and even better in the second half. We pushed on and could have won it.
“We got the chance to equalise early in the second half and thankfully I was able to take it and we feel we could have won it and we are disappointed not to but we go into Monday with confidence after our performance.
“They are a decent side and will be up for it tomorrow. ”
Kelly netted for the 15th time this season with a calm strike off Dean Jarvis’ pass early in the second half.
The goal return is a phenomenal haul for the winger in his first season at the club and feels the goal was crucial in the tie overall.
“I was happy with my finish, I want to contribute in every way that I can. I was waiting for the centre back to either bring me down or let me in and thankfully he let me in so I was able to score. I was happy with that and it was good to get on the scoresheet.
“It was important that we got level and I was happy that I was able to do that but it was a difficult game for us, we managed to get on top in the end and we are happy with how we played in the second half. ”
Tomorrow marks the final match of the season for the Lilywhites and they bid to add the new trophy to the already won league, EA SPORTS Cup and President’s Cup.
The curtain comes down on what has been a long ten months and while Kelly admits he is looking forward to the time off, he is fully focused on the job to be done and is intent on finishing off the season with a victory.
“We can’t wait, it’s the last night of the season for us and we want to go out on a high. It has been a brilliant season for us so far, we have had a brilliant year and this is the last part of it so we are looking forward to the game.
“It won’t be easy because Linfield are a good side, they have a lot of quality and they will be wanting to win as well but we want to lift the trophy, we have three already and we want to get another one.
“Hopefully we can get the win and finish the season like we started and we will enjoy the break. “