Dundalk’s trip west to take on the emerging Galway FC on Tuesday night will be of significance to at least one member of the side as it sees striker Patrick Hoban return to his native county and the place he made his name.
The Loughrea man was plucked from relative obscurity having impressed in the First Division with Mervue United and with the game set to take place in their home ground of Fahy’s Field, it also gives Hoban the chance to show former fans that he very much still has the golden touch in front of goal.
“With the game being played in Mervue, it will be good to be back with my old team,” Hoban said of the trip. “It will be nice to run out on their field again and play Galway and I’m looking forward to that for sure.
“There will be a lot of old faces there for me to see not only on the pitch (former Lilywhite Vinny Faherty is among the names in Tommy Dunne’s squad) but even around the club. It will be nice to be back home, even though Galway City isn’t my home, being from Loughrea, so it will be good night.”
Hoban caught the eye of Stephen Kenny for his displays in a Mervue shirt in 2012. ‘The Hobanator’ hit nine league goals in that season, as well as crucial FAI Cup strikes against Waterford United and Derry City.
“I definitely have a lot of good memories of my time playing with Mervue. In fact, a lot of the lads who played with them when I was there have signed for Galway this year,” he continued.
“It has been a while since seeing them and my family and friends will be travelling up for the game too.
“As for putting on a show for them, ah well we will see,” he smiled.
The 22-year-old heads west on the back of another derby goal, his last gasp header against Drogheda United last Friday night sending the Jim Malone Cup to a penalty shootout.
The home side won 5-4 on penalties and Hoban said he was a little sore about the loss.
“It was good to get a goal but, to be honest, I’m a wee bit disappointed about the penalty shootout,” he said.
“The weather was a big factor but we did start to click a bit towards the end.
“The goal came from that great ball from Daryl Horgan. I just knew he was going to shimmy and where to be, it was a great cross so a lot of credit for the goal would have to go to him.”