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Thursday 20 June 2019

Mountney wants more after scoring first hat-trick

James Rogers

John Mountney says he wants to add more goals to his game after completing his first career hat-trick against Sligo Rovers on Friday night.

The Mayo man's treble took his goal return in the league this season to four, equaling his career best from last season.

While he hasn't set himself a target, he told The Argus of his desire to add more goals to his game. 'I haven't set a target but I always knew that goals are something I need to add more of to my game so that was my main motivation this year.

'As a team, of course, we want to win things but individually for myself it's to try and score a few more.'

A 4-0 win also ensured his record of Dundalk winning in all 22 matches he has scored in for the club continues.

'I'll just have to try and keep scoring,' he said, when that stat was put to him.

'I wasn't aware that it was my 200th league game as well but it was a great way to mark it.

'It's the icing on the cake and a lovely touch to get my first senior hat-trick and do it at home in Oriel Park in front of the fans here was great.'

Mountney praised his colleague Pat Hoban for handing him the ball to take the penalty which secured his treble. 'Pat is our penalty taker and scored the first one tonight so it was a nice touch for him to give me the chance to complete my hat-trick.

It was a lovely touch by Patrick just to hand me the ball.' It brought back memories of a similar game against Sligo in May 2017 when Ciaran Kilduff allowed Jamie McGrath to take a late penalty to complete his first career treble.

'I remember that and it just shows the fact it happened a few years ago and again tonight that there's a real togetherness about the group.

'Once we're winning as a team the individual side of things doesn't matter.'

Mountney said he was particularly pleased to have scored a couple of headers on the night. 'It's a massive thing,' he said.

'Stephen O'Donnell was always on to me to be more of an aerial threat coming into the box. He was always betting me that I wouldn't score headers but he probably can't believe it now that I've got three of them this season.

'It's something I always had the potential to add to my game and hopefully now it has come together a bit more.' A 4-0 win made it 11 wins from 12 for Dundalk and continued their revival since losing 2-1 away to Sligo on April 12th.

Mountney has been delighted with the turnaround since that night in The Showgrounds and is now anxious to keep it going away to Finn Harps this Saturday.

'It has been a great run since Sligo away. As well as scoring goals and winning games, our back line and goalkeeper are keeping clean sheets which is always a great sign.

'We've Finn Harps now away which is a tough enough venue to go to.

'It's always tricky up there but we'll just have to prepare right this week for that,' he said.

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