They say that one man’s loss is another man’s gain and Dundalk striker Marc Griffin is hoping that is the case as the Lilywhites prepare for three games in seven days that will dictate the outcome of their season.
Griffin has made just seven appearances from the bench this season but with David McMillan ruled out for the final four games, the local striker has jumped up the pecking order.
McMillan’s season came to an end last Wednesday when an MRI scan confirmed that he had ruptured ligaments in his ankle during the 2-0 win over UCD 10 days ago.
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny bemoaned the loss of the 15 goal hitman but believes that Griffin had the ability to make a huge impact if he gets thrust into the limelight.
“It didn’t look like there was that much damage to David’s ankle initially but the scan revealed a rupture which required surgery. That’s unusual for that injury,” said Kenny. “It’s a cutting edge medical procedure and David will be fine in the long term but unfortunately it means his season is over.
“What it has done is open the door for Marc Griffin, “ he continued. “Patrick Hoban and David McMillan have been phenomenal and there’s not much Marc could have done this season. He hasn’t really been given an opportunity but he has kept his head down and he sees the chance he has now. We always feel there is a big goal in Marc. He has that capacity about him.”
Griffin is the first to admit that things have not quite go to plan since his return from Derry City. Frustration is the word that sums up his season, the lowest point coming when a virus saw him miss the EA Sports Cup final.
“Missing that game was a big let down for me because I think I was in line to start but, regarding the other games, I can’t really complain that I haven’t been in the team,” said Griffin.
“Patrick Hoban is the top scorer in the country, David McMillan has scored important goals and Darren Meenan and Daryl Horgan have been electric. They are the positions I have been trying to break into and at times you just have to sit back and marvel at what they are doing.
“I’ve been doing well in training, though, and hopefully I can step up to the mark if needed and prove all the doubters wrong. It does get frustrating at times but I just have to keep ticking away and at the end of the day it’s all about the team.”