Dundalk boss Stephen O’Donnell was in no temper for dancing as Lilywhites left annoyed in opposition to dogged Shelbourne


AS Italian celebrity DJ Mauro Picotto was starting to seek out his groove within the Tolka Bar, Dundalk boss Stephen O’Donnell was in no temper for dancing.

He had simply seen his facet annoyed in opposition to a really well-organised and hard-working Shelbourne facet.

Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell before the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shelbourne and Dundalk at Tolka Park.


Dundalk head coach Stephen O’Donnell earlier than the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shelbourne and Dundalk at Tolka Park.
Shels picked up their first point since the summer break on Friday.


Shels picked up their first level because the summer time break on Friday.

In a recreation not discovered wanting by way of effort and endeavour, neither facet might breach the opposite’s defence in a 0-0 draw.
However on the steadiness of play it was the guests who had the clearer probabilities to grab all three factors.

O’Donnell stated: “We had the probabilities to win the sport, that’s why we have been dissatisfied.

“They didn’t create something clear-cut actually and we acquired probabilities that on one other night time we take — however that’s the way in which it’s. The primary half, we have been good after quarter-hour, I believed we owned the sport. They went 5-3-2 and we dominated possession.”

Robbie Benson, the earlier week’s hero with the winner in opposition to Shamrock Rovers, missed the sport’s clearest probability within the first half.
Having been slipped by means of clear on objective by winger Daniel Kelly, Benson struck his effort into the side-netting with the goal at his mercy.

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Because the ball hit the hoardings and rolled round behind the online, some sections of the travelling help thought it had gone in.

This, and a few good probabilities within the second half from David McMillan and Benson, added to the previous Dundalk skipper’s frustration as his costs travelled again up the M1 with solely a degree.

He added: “Robbie had an ideal probability, Stevie Bradley had an opportunity and we began the second half nicely.

“Davey McMillan and John Martin had probabilities however the half-hour between these probabilities and our final 5 minutes, it acquired bitty.

“However not many groups are going to return right here and get something too straightforward. They work exhausting and are nicely set-up with good gamers.”

Friday night time’s stalemate, coupled with Shamrock Rovers’ 1-0 win over Bohemians, sees the Lilywhites stay second, seven factors behind the leaders with a recreation in hand.

However having grabbed a victory over the Hoops and put themselves into title rivalry, some may need felt it was two factors dropped in Drumcondra and would perhaps halt their momentum.

O’Donnell was not leaping to conclusions, including: “You’re not going to undergo the season profitable each recreation. We’ve not misplaced the sport tonight and we now have to be sensible.

“We’ve received six and drawn two out of our final eight video games, so we’re doing alright.”

The Lilywhites boss needed to make do with out star striker Patrick Hoban, who was not noted of the squad, however remained tight-lipped on the extent of his damage.

He stated: “Patrick simply has a bang, and we’ll see how he’s for subsequent week.”


It was additionally doubtlessly the final recreation for the spectacular duo of Lewis Macari and Mark Connolly, on mortgage from Stoke Metropolis and Dundee United respectively, as their mortgage durations draw to an in depth.

O’Donnell was fast to reward the 2 mainstays in his crew. He added: “We’re hopeful on each, so we’ll see subsequent week, however we’re not the one get together concerned so hopefully everybody involves an settlement.

“Each have been excellent. We’ve an excellent defensive report all through the entire crew however they’ve been excellent. It’s Lewis’ first half-season in senior soccer and he has gone from energy to energy.

“Mark has been good too, he and Andy Boyle have shaped a very good partnership.”

Dundalk will look to get again to profitable methods, and proceed their unbeaten run, as they welcome UCD to Oriel Park on Friday. However O’Donnell has been round lengthy sufficient to not take something without any consideration.

He stated: “They’ve been very aggressive in all their video games and we drew 2-2 with them not so way back, so we’ll deal with them with huge respect.

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“Andy Myler is doing an ideal job there, and it’s clearly not straightforward dropping Colm Whelan for the season.

“However they’ve reacted very nicely and so they’ve been bang-on in all of the video games they’ve performed. Friday can be no totally different and we’ll should be at it and at our greatest to get a consequence.”

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