Dundalk qualified for the second round of the UEFA Champions League last night after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Latvian side, Riga.
It was a great win for the League of Ireland champions who had to do it the hard way minus their talisman, Michael Duffy.
Duffy had hoped to be involved in the dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout win but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to the imminent birth of his newborn baby.
There was plans put in place for Duffy to arrive late, however, he ran out of time and missed the game. Dundalk manager, Vinnie Perth spoke before the game, explaining that he had accepted Duffy’s decision as it was a “life decision”.
“His decision is a life decision,” said Perth, who added that Duffy’s partner was urging him to make the trip. “We all want to make football decisions over the next 24 hours but I fully respect whatever decision he makes.
“We have a Plan B, C and D ready. We’re prepared for him arriving first thing in the morning and we’re also prepared for him not being here.”
Dundalk confirmed after the win that Duffy’s partner Emily had indeed given birth to a baby boy at half-time in extra-time with the Irish Independent confirming that the Dundalk star was able to watch on following his son’s birth as Dundalk secured their spot in the next round.