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Meenan has assists market cornered

Seán Ryan, Damian Lawlor and Dermot Crowe

Published 10/05/2015 | 02:30

Darren Meenan, Dundalk
Darren Meenan, Dundalk

Fans at Dundalk's 8-1 win over Bray Wanderers last Monday witnessed something they are unlikely to see again in their lifetime. The Lilywhites' winger, Darren Meenan, delivered four corners which were headed to the net, an amazing feat of accuracy, even if it didn't earn him the Man of the Match award.

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Meenan's achievement was no flash in the pan, for his total of assists - not all from corners, of course - since he signed for Dundalk in 2013, is 44, with a seasonal high of 23 last year from 31 appearances (five from the subs' bench). Already this season he has eight assists from 10 appearances (three as sub).

To give some idea of the scale of his achievement, we checked out the leading totals for assists in cross-channel leagues. For instance, Cesc Fabregas is the leader in the FA Premier with 17, but next best is 10.

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