Mulvenna Puts Ball in Connor’s Court
As well as putting the ball in the Cork City net, Tiarnán Mulvenna also found Sean Connor’s court with his 86th-minute strike, according to the forward himself who felt he had taken a rare chance up front with both hands. “That’s my position, I’ve told the manager that, I’ve asked for a chance and he gave me it tonight,” Mulvenna told dundalkfc.com.
“All I can do if he gives me a chance is score, and if I don’t score then that’s my fault, and then it’s down to him who he wants to play up front. I think if I score, I should probably stay in the team, but that’s up to him next week, and we’ll see. It’s a headache for him, but managers probably love that. Going to Dalymount next week, it’s a different game altogether, it’s a bigger pitch and he probably wants stronger players in, or he might go with a different formation. But I’m still only 20, I’m still learning the game and still learning how to play up front, and I’ll try every time I put on a Dundalk shirt – that’s what I’m here for.
“I’ve only played up front a handful of times, and it’s still three goals,” he added. “It’s not a good goalscoring record, but for the amount of times I’ve played up front, I think it’s alright. I’ve missed a few weeks, I was suspended and injured, and I’ve come back a bit fresh. I could have actually had four or five tonight, but one will do, and if it’s a winning one then all the better. There’s nine games left and I’d like to get as many games as I can up front, and score as many goals as I can. I think it’s just about next year for me, really, and show Sean Connor that I’m worthy of a place in the starting lineup, up front and not on the wing.”
Mulvenna’s late intervention secured a valuable and well-deserved three points for Dundalk who dominated most of the match, particularly after the break, and the youngster is pleased with how they are performing in their first season back in the Premier Division in seven years. “In the second half, Pete (Cherrie) never had a save to make, really,” he said. “Even with Dan Murray going up front, they still weren’t a threat. They were just trying to pump balls, but that’s all they really were doing in the whole game. We were the ones trying to play more football, and I think we got our rewards. We’ve only lost three in 15 – that’s not a bad record for a team that’s only after coming up. We’re still gelling and there’s still boys only after coming in, so I think we’re doing very well for a club that’s in their first season back up.”