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Monday 22 July 2019

McGrath says champions have more to give

James Rogers

Jamie McGrath has warned Dundalk's SSE Airtricity League rivals that there is even more to come from Vinny Perth's sides in the weeks ahead.

Victory away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night left the Lilywhites eight points clear at the top of the Premier Division table ahead of Monday night's visit of Waterford FC to Oriel Park.

While that is an ominous position for the reigning champions to be in, McGrath believes there is even more to come from Dundalk.

"We're on a serious run at the minute and the squad is getting back together now," he said. "We're looking forward to the second half of the season now. Hopefully we can kick on because I feel there's a lot more to come from us.

"We normally push on throughout the season and I think that's coming again.

"There's a big six points to be won before Europe so we can't look to it just yet. We'll look at that after Derry," said McGrath.

The 22-year-old made a return from injury following a two month lay-off to play a key role in Friday's win. That, coupled with the result, meant he was beaming leaving Tallaght Stadium.

"It might not have been the prettiest of matches but three points is what we came here for and we're delighted to come out of here with them. Obviously then from a personal point of view I'm just delighted to get back on the grass.

"It feels like years since I last played so it was great to just get back involved. The boys did very well tonight and I was just happy to add to it."

The former Irish U-21 international admitted the last few weeks on the sidelines had been tough but praised Danny Miller and David Murphy for getting him back in such great shape.

"It was tough when I got the news because I didn't think it was as bad as it was at the time. In fairness I had the likes of Sean Murray and Robbie Benson with me and the two physios Danny and Dave are great.

"It wasn't an enjoyable period but they made it a bit more bearable. You don't want to do a session with Danny but the two lads have got me back now and I'm feeling fit so credit to them.

"We've a lot of games coming up now and obviously Europe as well so I hope to get a lot more minutes coming into Europe if possible. I was just happy to get on tonight. Helping the lads get the three points was the main thing because getting out of here with three points is no easy feat."

McGrath, who set up Sean Gannon for his 73rd minute winner, praised the full back for his strike.

"It was some finish!

"I think Pat (Hoban) was ready to tear his head off if he missed because I think the square was on," he laughed. "It was a lovely header by Fats (Patrick McEleney) into me and I could hear Ganno. He gave me a shout so I just had to wait until the time was right and luckily enough I played it into him and it was a lovely finish by Ganno.

"It wasn't luck that he put it through the keeper's legs either. He seen him rushing out so it was the only place he really could have put it. He's in flying form now so I'm delighted for him," said McGrath.

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