Tuesday 21 October 2014

Hero set for Galway reunion

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Joy and relief in equal measure is etched on Patrick Hoban’s face as he celebrates after making an 84th-minute breakthrough against Limerick FC. Picture: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

DUNDALK striker Patrick Hoban has challenged his side to try and win every game between now and the end of the season to ensure they get their hands on the league title come the end of the October.

Results this week mean that Dundalk's four-point lead at the top of the table remains intact and that means there is room for error in their bid for a first title success in 19 years, but Hoban - whose late goal earned a 1-0 win over Limerick on Friday - insists his side don't want to slip up.

'Four points means there is room for error, but we don't want that. We go into each game trying to win every game,' he said.

The next game could be an emotional one for the 17-goal striker as he welcomes his home-town club Galway FC to Oriel on Friday in the FAI Cup.

'It's always nice to play against your home town and I can't wait to play Galway,' he said.

'The only pity is that it isn't in Galway because I would have got to go home for a few days, but I'll get to see a few lads I haven't seen in a while who I used to play with for Mervue, so it'll be good to see a few old faces again.'

Hoban also revealed that his winner against Limerick, which came after he headed home a Darren Meenan corner, was as a result of him going back to basics.

'For that corner, the manager used to put me there and Darren used to put that ball to me. We've changed that in the last few weeks, but I just said basically I'll take a chance and go there for the corner because they were marking zonally and making it difficult, and thankfully it was a great ball in and I was just there to put it in.

'It was a great win. We had a few chances in the first half and it was just all about getting the first goal really. We left it late, but thankfully we got it and it was a great ball from Darren into me,' he said.

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