Dane not set­ting lim­its on suc­cess

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the side for dropped from meet­ing at the same venue a week ear­lier.

He ad­mit­ted ro­ta­tion was dif­fi­cult but said the strength of the squad was keep­ing ev­ery­one on their toes right now ‘It’s tough,’ he said of be­ing left out. ‘I haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced it much at Dun­dalk but when I get the chance I have to take it with two hands. Jarvy is an ex­cel­lent full back as well so com­pe­ti­tion is only healthy.

‘You have to give credit to Lim­er­ick for last week be­cause they were ex­cel­lent. They de­fended re­ally well and Tommy had them set up re­ally well. I think we learnt from that. We spent the week work­ing on break­ing down teams who sit deep and that came to the fore with a good win tonight and pos­ses­sion wise we dom­i­nated I felt.

‘The early goal al­ways helps. We aimed to score in the first 20 or 25 min­utes and we did that. I thought Pat Hoban was ex­cep­tional tonight and Mickey Duffy was back to his nor­mal self.

‘The whole squad is play­ing great stuff and ev­ery­one is push­ing each other. The com­pe­ti­tion through­out the squad is phe­nom­e­nal re­ally so when you get into that start­ing 11 you have to keep the jersey.’

Massey, who con­trib­uted two as­sists in Fri­day’s win, will now be out of action un­til the trip to Cork on Septem­ber 21st but it’s one he is gear­ing up for and rel­ish­ing the prospect of. ‘It’s strange,’ he said.

‘We’ve gone from a hec­tic sched­ule to no game but we just need to keep go­ing and keep our heads down. We’ve a big two weeks ahead of us so we’ll just fo­cus on Cork.

‘We’ve two weeks to pre­pare for that game. Ob­vi­ously, Cork are very strong at home. I think they’ve only lost one game at home this year but if we win it’s a mas­sive step to­wards win­ning the league so it’s a huge game.

‘We need to beat them down there. We’re well over­due a win down in Turner’s Cross but it won’t be easy be­cause I’m sure the place will be sold out again and it’ll be a great at­mos­phere.’ A Kevin Toner free kick in stop­page time at the end of the first half of ex­tra-time saw Dun­dalk miss out on a place in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup fi­nal to St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic at Rich­mond Park on Mon­day.

While the coun­try’s old­est tro­phy might not be headed for Oriel Park, there were plenty of pos­i­tives to take on the night for man­ager Stephen Kenny.

Debu­tants Mark Traynor and Dy­lan Hand shone on the night against a strong Pat’s side while vi­tal min­utes were given to the likes of Pa­trick McEleney and John Mount­ney, both of whom came through the 120 min­utes of action un­scathed.

While it was Liam Buck­ley’s men who ad­vanced to the fi­nal with Shel­bourne, Dun­dalk cer­tainly had their chances of get­ting there hav­ing cre­ated the bet­ter of the open­ings through­out the 90 min­utes.

In­deed, de­spite early pres­sure from the hosts it was they who threat­ened first with Mur­phy hav­ing to push a McEleney free kick over af­ter 21 min­utes.

By con­trast it would be 10 min­utes later be­fore Dean Clarke reg­is­tered the first shot in anger for the home side, an ef­fort which Gabriel Sava man­aged to gather at the sec­ond at­tempt.

Sava pulled off an even bet­ter save on 42 min­utes when he fin­ger tipped a James Doona ef­fort over af­ter Dun­dalk had failed to clear their lines.

The Li­ly­whites then had the ball in the net on 44 min­utes but Ge­orgie Kelly’s fin­ish from McEleney’s through ball was deemed to be off­side - some­thing that man­ager Kenny did not agree with.

Like in the first half, Pat’s con­tin­ued to ap­ply most of the pres­sure at the start of the sec­ond half but the best early chance of the half fell Dun­dalk’s way with McEleney’s in­swing­ing free kick on 55 min­utes be­ing flicked on by the head of Hand, whose ef­fort fizzed just over Barry Mur­phy’s cross­bar.

Mo­ments later Lee Des­mond was forced into a great chal­lenge to pre­vent Ge­orgie Poyn­ton from get­ting in on the left while a good spell of pres­sure for the visi­tors also saw McEleney force a save from Mur­phy.

Af­ter Sava saved from Clarke at his near post, Dun­dalk went even closer at the other end on 75 min­utes when sub­sti­tute Nedas Maci­u­lati­tis skimmed the top of the cross­bar with a shot from the left of the penalty area.

Per­haps the best open­ing came three min­utes later. Poyn­ton car­ried the ball out of de­fence with Maci­u­lati­tis pick­ing it up to re­lease Mount­ney. He slipped McEleney in but with just Mur­phy to beat he fired to the left and wide.

Sava helped Dun­dalk to reach ex­tra-time af­ter that with a su­perb stop to keep Achille Cam­pion’s header out from Clarke’s cross while a Doona free late on flashed just wide af­ter creep­ing un­der the visi­tors wall.

It was largely one way traf­fic in ex­tra-time with Clarke threat­en­ing on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. From one of his at­tacks he saw a shot blocked by hand with Dar­ragh Markey hit­ting the out­side of the post with the fol­low up.

Hand then came to his side’s res­cue again on 104 min­utes. Sava got caught in no man’s land chas­ing Doona to a di­ag­o­nal ball. As he re­treated goal­wards, Doona turned to shoot only to see his ef­fort helped over by the de­fender’s out­stretched leg. Ryan Bren­nan then failed to find the tar­get af­ter meet­ing the re­sul­tant cor­ner with his head.

The break­through would ar­rive though in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time when Toner curled a free over the Dun­dalk wall to the bot­tom right hand cor­ner af­ter Hand was ad­judged to have fouled Bren­nan.

The young Dun­dalk side strug­gled to mount a mean­ing­ful fight­back in the sec­ond pe­riod of ex­tra-time with Bren­nan, Michael Barker and Cam­pion all threat­en­ing to add to Pat’s lead.

It was the home side who ad­vanced but there were pos­i­tives aplenty for a Li­ly­whites side who can be proud of their ef­forts.

ST PA­TRICK’S ATH­LETIC: Mur­phy; Barker, Des­mond, Leahy, Toner, Clarke; Len­non; Turner (Cam­pion 62), Bren­nan, Kelly (Markey 65); Doona (Kee­gan 112). Subs not used: Clarke, Byrne, Mad­den.

DUN­DALK: Sava; Traynor (McGuire 71), Hand, Folan, Fitzsi­mons; Mount­ney, O’Con­nor, Poyn­ton (O’Ke­effe 106), Caval­cante (Maci­u­lati­tis 74); McEleney, Kelly. Subs not used: Treacy, Lotefa, Mc­Nally, White.

REF­EREE: Alan Patchell.

John Mount­ney con­grat­u­lates Ge­orgie Kelly af­ter his goal.

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