Foster pays tribute to striker Quigley for playing through the pain

LILYWHITES boss Ian Foster paid tribute to Mark Quigley after the striker went and played against Glentoran despite being advised by a doctor to miss the game.

LILYWHITES boss Ian Foster paid tribute to Mark Quigley after the striker went and played against Glentoran despite being advised by a doctor to miss the game.

Quigley spent four days in hospital during pre-season with a perforated ulcer and there were concerns over his well being when he displayed similar symptoms ahead of Monday night’s quarter-final second leg.

However the strike insisted he wanted to play and put in another cracking display as Dundalk booked their spot in the last four.

“Mark shouldn’t have started the game”, said Foster. “He was ill all day and under doctors orders not to start the game. In fairness to him he said he’d give it a go to see how it was and he was instrumental for us in the second half after Glentoran scored.

“He missed a bit of pre-season with a perforated ulcer and today’s problems were symptomatic of what he felt then. He had an upset stomach and felt very lethargic. He gave it a go and in fairness he came to life in the second-half. When he does that you cant handle him.”

Foster said he was delighted to have a player who was as committed to the cause as Quigley.

“He was given the option that we’d leave him out but he wanted to carry on and give it a go. At half time he asked to be left on. We need that with a small squad. In the second-half he was as good as it gets at this level.”