Mount­ney keen to make up for lost time

IR­ISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP

The Argus - - SPORT - JAMES ROGERS

GE­ORGIE Kelly’s sec­ond goal for Dun­dalk on Fri­day night was also the 40th goal of his career and his first at the Mar­kets Field.

Poyn­ton’s land­mark

GE­ORGIE Poyn­ton turned 21 at the week­end but his age was briefly level with the num­ber of starts he made for the club af­ter he lined out against St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup on Mon­day. That game was his 20th start at se­nior level for the Li­ly­whites while it was also his 30th ap­pear­ance for the club in all com­pe­ti­tions. IT was a big night for Dy­lan Hand and U-17 cap­tain Mark Traynor last Mon­day as they made their Dun­dalk FC de­buts against St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup. Nedas Maci­u­lati­tis also came off the bench in the same game to make his se­nior de­but. IT has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son for John Mount­ney but af­ter com­ing through 210 min­utes of action un­scathed this week he in­sists he’s back and ready to make up for lost time.

The club’s joint long­est ser­vant had started just 10 games for the club all sea­son prior to his 120-minute out­ing in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup away to St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic last Mon­day.

He fol­lowed that up with an­other 90 min­utes and a goal in the 4-0 FAI Cup win over Lim­er­ick at the Mar­kets Field on Fri­day night.

Speak­ing to The Ar­gus af­ter­wards, the Mayo man said he felt fresh and was con­fi­dent that he had put the knee and thigh in­juries which have plagued him this year be­hind him.

‘It’s the first time now that I’ve got the two games in a week and I still feel fresh,’ he smiled.

‘Af­ter play­ing the 90 min­utes my body feels good so it’s a pos­i­tive.

‘It’s been tough but our two phys­ios, Danny Miller and Sam Rice, have been bril­liant with what­ever in­jury they’ve had to deal with this year.

‘They were ex­plain­ing to me that when you come off the knee in­jury you’re vul­ner­a­ble then in other ar­eas. That’s what was hap­pen­ing be­cause I was com­ing back in and get­ting nig­gles and then ob­vi­ously re­do­ing the knee and get­ting an­other nig­gle but now it’s the first time that I’ve got a rub of the green and hope­fully it can keep go­ing now.’

Mount­ney’s goal against Lim­er­ick was the 20th of his career and while he praised Dane Massey for his part in it he hopes it’s the first of many in what he hopes will be a busy end to the sea­son for him.

‘It was Dane’s goal re­ally,’ he said of his 36th minute strike.

‘He did all the work. He nicked it back off the winger and made the run to bounce it off Michael Duffy back down the line and then he just rolled it to me to tap in so I couldn’t re­ally miss that one.

‘Hope­fully there’s more from now un­til the sea­son fin­ishes.

‘I’ve been out for so long in the year now that I feel like I’ve a lot to give un­til the end of the sea­son.’

The 25-year-old is now look­ing for­ward to the crunch meet­ing with Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Fri­day week.

‘We know we’ve two weeks to pre­pare for Cork so that’s what we’ll do and we won’t look past that. That will be a bril­liant one. I know they’ve a game on Fri­day night but we’ll just fo­cus on our game Fri­day week.’

Af­ter the vic­tory away to Lim­er­ick, Mount­ney is also look­ing for­ward to an FAI Cup semi-fi­nal and the prospect of an­other out­ing at the Aviva Sta­dium.

‘It has been six semi-fi­nals in seven years so that’s great. Ob­vi­ously we’ll wait and see what the draw brings but it’s one step away from the Aviva which is just a bril­liant oc­ca­sion to be in­volved in.

‘The early goal made such a dif­fer­ence tonight. It was a tough game last week and it took us nearly the whole 90 min­utes to get the goal so I think our men­tal­ity tonight was just to come out and at­tack, at­tack, at­tack but ob­vi­ously we had to be wary at the same time that they are good on the break. I think we did that well and Pat got two early goals re­ally set us up for the win.’

Dane Massey cel­e­brates his goal agianst Lim­er­ick.

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