Perth praises players following ‘ugly’ victory

Vinny Perth, Dundalk First team coach shouts encouragement to his team as they held Shamrock Rovers to a scoreless draw in the opening match of the 2013 Airtricity League Premier Division at Oriel Park
First-team coach Vinny Perth says “it’s good times in Dundalk again” and that the players can be “very proud” of their fine opening to the season, after they maintained their 100 percent record on the road at the UCD Bowl on Saturday night.

First-team coach Vinny Perth says “it’s good times in Dundalk again” and that the players can be “very proud” of their fine opening to the season, after they maintained their 100 percent record on the road at the UCD Bowl on Saturday night.

The 2-1 victory came late through goals from substitute Tiarnán Mulvenna and John Dillon, with Perth admitting that the win was “more ugly than flash”, on a difficult pitch that had only survived an early morning inspection.

Still, he welcomed a valuable victory that moved the Lilywhites up to seven points from their opening four games, to set them up nicely ahead of Thursday’s Louth Derby at home to Drogheda United.

“It wasn’t the prettiest performance but the pitch was really heavy and it was difficult to play the normal football that we do,” Perth said afterwards.

“It has been a really good start to the season considering where we’ve come from. It’s a new squad, and from where we’ve started and what we’ve built, everyone has put a huge amount of work in and the players can be very proud of where they’re sitting at the moment.”

Manager Stephen Kenny and Perth called on Mulvenna with just 14 minutes remaining as he made his first league outing for the club in nearly three years after returning home this season.

And, the 24-year-old scored a fabulous opener before playing a part in Dillon’s second.

“What is most pleasing is that Tiarnán has had a troubled pre-season with a hamstring, and he has worked his backside off,” said Perth.

“I don’t think anyone loves playing for Dundalk more than Tiarnán and it’s great when he scores – you can see how much it means to him. When he’s not playing, he’s really disappointed.

“You get the same three points for beating UCD away as you do for any other team. We’re very proud of it. It’s good times in Dundalk again.”