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Re: Ex DLK players in UK & elsewhere

Post by Sneachta » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:06 pm

Richie towel on the score sheet for Salford in the FA cup yesterday

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Post by Carrick_Road » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 am

Ezeikial wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:44 pm
Michael O'Connor: Hibs give Linfield striker the chance to impress in week-long trial
https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/sport/f ... d-17159071
Anyone any idea as to how this has progressed?

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Post by niall_hearty2000 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:54 pm

Sneachta wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:06 pm
Richie towel on the score sheet for Salford in the FA cup yesterday

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Excellent goal it was too. Tradematk Towell goal.
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Post by McNultys Discopants » Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:48 pm

Carrick_Road wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 am
Ezeikial wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:44 pm
Michael O'Connor: Hibs give Linfield striker the chance to impress in week-long trial
https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/sport/f ... d-17159071
Anyone any idea as to how this has progressed?
Odds on that he's in the bookies now with a few quid on the nags.

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Post by Johnnybegood33 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:33 pm

Robbie Benson gone.

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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:58 pm

Johnnybegood33 wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:33 pm
Robbie Benson gone.
Post match RTE interview where he confirms he has played his final game for Dundalk.

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Re: Ex DLK players in UK & elsewhere

Post by Carrick_Road » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:43 am

https://www.balls.ie/football/sean-maguire-2-420291

Ex Dundalk Player Sean Maguire got his first international goal last night.

Also, How good was Jack Byrne.

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Post by DundalkChampions » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:39 pm

Carrick_Road wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:43 am
https://www.balls.ie/football/sean-maguire-2-420291

Ex Dundalk Player Sean Maguire got his first international goal last night.

Also, How good was Jack Byrne.
Average

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Re: Ex DLK players in UK & elsewhere

Post by Ezeikial » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:16 am

An eulogy
COMMENT | Underrated and malleable Robbie Benson did a lot of Dundalk’s ‘donkey work’


Midfield is the most thankless position on the pitch. You have to have wing-mirrors and span 360 degrees in mere milliseconds to cope. So, from that point of view, it’s arguable that central operators deserve more slack, when they’re often the most criticised.

Robbie Benson was a player who many Dundalk fans always seemed to want more from. But the barometer of any individual should really be measured on how he is perceived by his team-mates and in that regard, the Athlone man was held in high esteem.

“People give out about Robbie, but he’s the one who does all the unseen donkey work in midfield,” said an established Dundalk star during an off-the-record chat late last year. It’s a reference which has aged well. Can his term with The Lilywhites possibly be summed up any more accurately?

The midfielder’s final act for the club who he represented with distinction for four seasons was a typical Benson move. Running from deep in the hope his gamble would earn him a clear path to goal, he got his reward after Georgie Kelly had made a physical nuisance of himself and finished with a dinked finish, one which held more than a minuscule resemblance to the technique he employed during arguably his finest hour.

That, of course, being the goal which wrapped up European group stage football for the first time in the Dundalk’s history, the third in the 3-0 Champions League qualifier victory over BATE Borisov at Tallaght Stadium in August 2016.

He will be forever remembered for his tangible input to that campaign and it speaks volumes for what was to follow that that finish, in the driving rain, isn’t the indelible highpoint of the former UCD captain’s Oriel spell.

Play it to the tune of silence, The Titanic or something of more heavy metal, and it’s still a thing of beauty. A dropping ball in Legia Warsaw’s penalty area and, right footed, Dundalk’s No.18 volleys so sweetly that the ball indents to the point of near explosion.

It may as well have been the winner, as Legia’s leveller only came with The Lilywhites adding numbers to attack in search of an extra-time enforcing second at the Polish Army Stadium, thus keeping their Champions League dreams intact.

In case this seems to be rambling into a chronicle of Benson’s goals, well, that can’t be helped. Throughout his term at Oriel Park his scoring prowess has been overlooked. Stephen Kenny regularly labelled Patrick McEleney as “a scorer of great goals; not a great goalscorer”.Perhaps Benson, who signed for Dundalk at the same time as McEleney, ought to be remembered as ‘a scorer of important goals’. His list of registers could be delved into further.

He was tremendous through every European campaign in which he played - which adds substance to the claim that technically-able Irish players, like the Westmeath native, would be better served heading to the continent as opposed to England - but particularly in 2016.

Not only did he score the lead goal, albeit the goalkeeper wasn’t spectacular, in the horrible home, 2-1 loss to Zenit St. Petersburg, but he also helped The Lilywhites boss midfield for periods of a game against recognisable internationals.

But that is Benson: a player who, it would seem, would fit in at any level, be it elite, League of Ireland or junior football, without necessarily standing out. Malleable in the extreme.

He and Stephen O’Donnell weren’t paired that overly consistently, Chris Shields’ excellence and them both being left booters are reasons as to why. But they’re now joined again by a common goal.

Fans in Inchicore will wait with bated breath every time a ball drops with snow on it. ‘Hit it, Robbie’.
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Re: Ex DLK players in UK & elsewhere

Post by Ezeikial » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:59 pm

Conor McDonald being linked with a move to Australian side Melbourne Knights
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Post by Ezeikial » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:46 pm

Georgie Poynton signs for Shelbourne

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Post by Les's Fridge » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:27 am

I am impressed with Shels business so far ahead of their return to the top flight....Georgie is another good signing.

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Post by Ezeikial » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:09 pm

Les's Fridge wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:27 am
I am impressed with Shels business so far ahead of their return to the top flight....Georgie is another good signing.
Georgie's had a limited impact at Waterford last season, while he left St Pats without a making a league appearance. It remains to be seen if he can realise some of the potential he demonstrated previously. I hope he does, but it is far from certain

I also don't share your enthusiasm about the recent of the new signings at Shels. Karl Sheppard is curtailed by injury and has had two poor season. Ex Finn Harps defender Daniel O'Reilly seems decent but Aaron Dobbs has had limited impact in the first division last season
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Re: Ex DLK players in UK & elsewhere

Post by El Paso » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:49 pm

Skip saw plenty of Georgie at Dundalk and didn't try to keep him. Pity for him - seems a good lad - but a good example of why the "invest in youth" policy some still prefer is likely to be more expensive for diminishing returns than making shrewd signings.

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Post by Ezeikial » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:22 pm

El Paso wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:49 pm
Skip saw plenty of Georgie at Dundalk and didn't try to keep him.
Georgie was gone from St Pats last February long before Stephen O'Donnell was appointed manager in late August.
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