Boyle delighted to open his account

Dundalk's Andy Boyle (4) rises highest to head home Dundalk's opening goal against Shelbourne at Tolka Park
Dundalk defender Andy Boyle praised his side for picking up a potentially “massive” three points away to Shels, a game in which he scored to set them on their way.

Dundalk defender Andy Boyle praised his side for picking up a potentially “massive” three points away to Shels, a game in which he scored to set them on their way.

Boyle also admitted the importance of these points is based upon the fact that these are the kind of fixtures his side are expected to win, which they duly did thanks to his mature man of the match performance.

“It is a massive three points for us and I think in the first half we were very good,” he said afterwards. “It probably could have been more and in the second half we battled hard for it but I thought we held out well as they never put us under real pressure apart from Pete’s great save and I don’t remember them having too many chances so I thought we were good value for it.

“People probably say it is easier to get up for the big games like Rovers and Pat’s but winning these games gives you the same three points and they really are massive for us to come away from home and win and keep the pressure on. It shows that we won’t go away.”

Boyle’s 76th second header from a Darren Meenan corner opened his side’s account for the day and helped them on the way to an important win against his former club. It was also the 22-year-old’s first goal for the Lilywhites and he was very pleased at having finally broken his Dundalk duck.

He said of the early strike: “I am absolutely delighted with it because it has been a long time coming and I was getting a bit of stick about it so it was great to get it although it was more important to get the three points and keep the little run that we have going and keep the pressure on the teams above us and continue pushing on.”

Every good central defence though is made of two key players often forming the cornerstone of any successful side and the former UCD man was also happy to heap praise upon his defensive partner Brian Gartland with whom he has already struck up a formidable partnership with the Lilywhites having picked up maximum points from every game for which they have been paired together.

“They did put us under pressure for the past few minutes but it is great to play alongside him and hopefully he feels the same. Having won every game we have played alongside each other is a good little stat to have,” he smiled.

Dead balls again caused a great deal of problems with both Boyle and Gartland’s goals coming from Darren Meenan corners.

“It is all about the delivery from these set plays and Meenan’s deliveries are excellent and they are right on the money more often than not which makes our job of converting them a lot easier,” he concluded.