Thursday 8 December 2016

Dundalk deserve high praise for record run

Published 15/11/2015 | 17:00

Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk didn’t just win the league, they smashed a goalscoring record which has stood for 92 years while doing so
Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk didn’t just win the league, they smashed a goalscoring record which has stood for 92 years while doing so

The end is nigh. The end of the year that is, which means various annual awards will be handed out. Is it too much to hope that Dundalk will receive some recognition for putting together one of the most remarkable seasons in League of Ireland history?

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Stephen Kenny's (below) men didn't just win the league, they smashed a goalscoring record which has stood for 92 years in doing so - their 78 strikes surpassing the 77 by Shamrock Rovers from the 1922-23 season. Both their margin of victory and points total have only been surpassed once in the last 30 years, by Bohemians in 2008. And their dominance in the FAI Cup was similarly total - in the five games it took them to win the trophy, Dundalk scored 16 goals and conceded just one. Between League and Cup they played 38 games and lost just one.

This is an extraordinary achievement by any standard and deserves to be recognised when RTE's Team of the Year award is handed out. The 'they only won the League of Ireland' argument doesn't hold water when you consider that the last three winners of the award - Donegal footballers, Clare hurlers and the Cork women's football team - were also only up against Irish opposition. Dundalk answered every question they were asked with some style. They deserve to be rewarded.

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