Hoban si­lenced his doubters in some style

The Argus - - SPORT - JAMES ROGERS

PAT Hoban had his doubters when he re­turned to Dun­dalk at the start of the sea­son but with a league ti­tle and a record break­ing 26 Premier Divi­sion goals in the bag, it’s safe to say he has shut many of them up.

It was fit­ting that the 27-yearold was the one to pop up with the equaliser on Fri­day night to grab the point Stephen Kenny’s side needed to of­fi­cially se­cure their 13th league ti­tle.

It saw him sur­pass the pre­vi­ous Premier Divi­sion record of 25 in a sea­son and while that gave him huge de­light, Hoban said noth­ing could com­pare to the feel­ing of be­ing a league win­ner again.

‘It was just a good feel­ing to se­cure the league tonight. Per­son­ally for me it has been a dif­fi­cult year and a half or two years so to break the record this sea­son and to win the league with this fan­tas­tic group of play­ers, I’m a bit over­whelmed.

‘The emo­tions maybe got the bet­ter of me but it was just such a great feel­ing to score and to get that league ti­tle back.’

While it would be hard to top win­ning the league on the last day of the sea­son against Cork City like he did in 2014, a dra­matic 90th minute goal wasn’t a bad way to kick off a week­end of cel­e­bra­tions.

‘It will be very hard to ever top what we did in 2014 but to win a league af­ter the year we’ve had is su­perb.

‘There were a lot of doubts about us at the start of the sea­son. Peo­ple didn’t think we’d be any­where near close but we proved a lot of peo­ple wrong this year. There’s a fine group of play­ers in there and we’re set to break all sets of our records this year, the goals record and the points record as well so there’s lots still to achieve this sea­son. For now it’s just a great feel­ing to have the league in the bag.’

Hoban re­served spe­cial praise for the role Pa­trick McEleney and Ge­orgie Kelly played for his record break­ing strike.

‘It was great work by Fats (McEleney) and Ge­orgie. Fats must have had tired legs but he broke through two play­ers and Ge­orgie took away the de­fender and that gave me enough space.

‘We kind of needed that be­cause they were sit­ting in and mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for us. We were strug­gling to break them down but it was a great ball by Fats. He played it at a per­fect weight that just al­lowed me to take a first touch and bury it. It was such a good feel­ing for it to go in.’

Hoban also felt he should have had a penalty shortly af­ter the hour mark when he was bun­dled over in the box.

‘I thought it was a stone wall penalty but I can’t say too much. I haven’t got many of them this sea­son. I’d say that has hap­pened me five times this sea­son alone but what can you do?

‘When you’re a big lad they just think I should be able to take it. We’ll take the re­sult and league ti­tle though.’

Hoban is not rest­ing on his lau­rels now and wants to keep scor­ing goals ahead of next month’s FAI Cup fi­nal at the Aviva Sta­dium

‘The Cup fi­nal is some­thing to look for­ward to but we’ve to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing in the three games we have left first.

‘We’ve to make sure that we keep work­ing hard week in, week out to make sure we’re ready for that Cup fi­nal and the best way to do that is with nine points now in the next three games,’ he said.

Pat Hoban does a bit of break danc­ing in the dress­ing room.

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