Turner “Loving It” at Oriel
Chris Turner scored his sixth goal of the season in last Friday’s 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park with a stunning strike after just 28 seconds – the quickest goal from a Dundalk player since Tiarnán Mulvenna netted after 20 seconds against Shelbourne on 8 May 2008. And the 22-year-old midfielder has since repeated his hope to see out the remainder of the one-year contract he has with the club.
“I’ve signed a contract until the end of the year and until anything changes I’ll be here for the year,” Turner told dundalkfc.com. “I’m loving it. I just want to be playing football week in, week out. The last couple of clubs I was at I wasn’t doing that, but I’ve been doing that here and I’ve been loving my football. Obviously coming off a few tough defeats it was important to get three points on the board (against Bray), and I think we done that with a bit of style.
“We obviously got the three goals and I think we could have got a couple more. The Gaffers’ team-talk was to come out of the traps and fire on all cylinders, and lucky enough we got an early goal to settle our nerves, and it was a comfortable victory in the end. I think the second goal was important going in at half-time – that gave us a cushion. Obviously at 1-0 it can go either way and the second goal was really the one that killed them off.
settle our nerves, and it was a comfortable victory in the end. I think the second goal was important going in at half-time – that gave us a cushion. Obviously at 1-0 it can go either way and the second goal was really the one that killed them off.
‘Kick-start’“Obviously losing games isn’t what we want to be doing,” Chris added after his side suffered three successive losses prior to the visit of Bray, “and hopefully with that victory it will kick-start our season and hopefully we can get a few more wins on the board.” Next up is an FAI Cup game for Sean Connor’s men who travel to First Division club Mervue United at the weekend and Turner says the squad is intent on entering the midseason break on a high. “Obviously it’s a cup game and anything can happen,” he said, “but we’re looking to win our next two games going into the break and we can enjoy our holidays after that.”
Time bomb ticking Former Bray striker Ger Rowe was also on the scoresheet on Friday, as he netted his first club goal at the ninth attempt, and he stated that it was only a matter of time before Dundalk recorded a wide-margin victory having performed so well without reward over the past fortnight. “It was a long time coming, someone was going to take a beating off us,” the 24-year-old said. “In the last four or five games we’ve played really, really well without getting breaks in front of goal, and someone was going to come here and walk home with no points.
Rowe relieved“I thought we outplayed them in every part of the pitch. The Gaffer told us to go out and get straight at them, and that’s what we did. As soon as Chrissy (Turner) scored we got the ball and put them back again and off we went and got a second one, and it’s just the confidence that we need now to drive on for the rest of the season.” Rowe was also relieved to finally get off the mark on his fifth start for the Lilywhites. “It was starting to niggle away, people were starting to ask questions,” he said, “so hopefully now one will lead to two and two will lead to however many I can get for the rest of the season.”