Dundalk produced a fantastic team performance on Friday night to batter their local rivals Drogheda United 6-0, with one strike from Patrick McEleney in particular making it a special night for the Lilywhites.
Despite the Louth club having a disappointing season so far, when compared to the heights they’ve reached throughout the last three years, the Derry native has popped up with some standout performances.
Having gone to Sunderland as a youth, the 24-year-old has since made quite a name for himself. Signed by Stephen Kenny for Derry City in 2010, the attacking midfielder has gone on to prove himself as a handful for any League of Ireland opposition.
He may have been in the shadows of Daryl Horgan last term after signing for Kenny for a second time but now McEleney has really stepped up as one of Dundalk’s key men.
This was once again evidenced in the Louth Derby on Friday, with the former Republic of Ireland under-19 international scoring a stunning individual goal.
Taking the ball down expertly just inside the Drogs’ half, McEleney spins away from a group of United’s players before coming inside and chipping Stephen McGuinness from all of 25 yards.
Check out the goal and some glorious, shall we say encouragement, from someone allowed far too near to the RTÉ microphone.
— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) June 18, 2017
Galway United striker Ronan Murray added his approval of the strike too:
Jesus Christ 😅
— Ronan Murray (@RonanMurray28) June 18, 2017
David McMillan (2), Michael Duffy (1) and Ciaran Kilduff (2) were the other scorers on a good day at the office for Dundalk.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena