Best man Rossi’s unforgettable day

Dundalk's Dane Massey atempts a bicycle kick at goal as he avoids a challenge from Limerick's James McGrath in the SSE Airtricity League at Oriel Park
Three points in the first home game of the season against Limerick may have been reason enough for Dundalk players to celebrate on Friday night but for Lilywhites vice-captain, Mark Rossiter, there was added significance to the occasion.

Three points in the first home game of the season against Limerick may have been reason enough for Dundalk players to celebrate on Friday night but for Lilywhites vice-captain, Mark Rossiter, there was added significance to the occasion.

The 30-year-old was the best man at his brother’s wedding earlier in the day, leaving his native Sligo - and a pre-recorded speech - at 4pm to travel to Dundalk for the game.

Rossiter lasted 62 minutes before limping off with a suspected tear to his hamstring but, speaking afterwards, he was adamant that the injury would not take the gloss of a memorable day.

“We got three points and my brother got married earlier so it has been a good day all round,” he said. “The injury is part and parcel of the game. I just felt it pop and there’s nothing you can do about that. It looks like a tear but we’ll see what way it is after the weekend. Hopefully I’ll get away with being out for just two or three weeks. I’m going straight back to Sligo now to enjoy the three points and the rest of the wedding!”

Dundalk recovered from going a goal behind to run out 2-1 winners and the former Bohemians man agreed that it would have been a travesty if the Lilywhites had not won the game.

“We didn’t start off too great but once their goal went in - as freakish as it was - we upped our game again. We equalised at a good time before the break and after that it was just a matter of time. We kicked on in the second-half and there was only going to be one winner.”

The victory was Dundalk’s first in the league over Limerick since 2008. The Super Blues took seven points from nine against the Lilywhites last season but Rossiter didn’t buy into suggestions that they had Dundalk’s ‘number’.

“Shaun Kelly said they had a little bit of a hoodoo over us but I don’t agree with that. You get that with teams. When I was at Bohemians a few years back we lost 10 points from 12 against a Galway team who were relegated. It happens in football.

“There is a lot more to come,” he added. “It hasn’t happened as quick as we have wanted. Last week in Drogheda was a bad night but we have recovered well with two wins against Coleraine and now Limerick.”