Friday 15 December 2017

In-form McMillan bags another honour for Dundalk

Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan

DAVID McMillan hopes he is starting to repay the faith shown in him by Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny after the striker brought yet another honour to the Co Louth club.

Dundalk had some pretty big boots to fill this season due to the departure to England of striker Pat Hoban, the club's top scorer last season and the joint top scorer in the league. Attacker Jake Kelly was added to the squad in the off-season but Kenny knew he could rely on McMillan to contribute in Hoban's absence and he has delivered, scoring four times in six starts as Dundalk enjoyed the perfect start to the title defence, form which led to the ex-Sligo man being named as the March player of the month by the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers Association,

"Stephen Kenny has shown faith in me and I just want to repay him," said McMillan, who missed a chunk of last season's title win due to injury.

"Getting back from injury was my only target at the start of the season. I haven't really set myself any targets but I'd like to get 20 goals. Any striker would like to do that but I'm not putting any pressure on myself."

Having dropped points last week in Limerick for the first time this season, the league leaders hope to get back on a winning run at home to Drogheda United in their local derby.

Shamrock Rovers are on a winning streak, including Monday's EA Sports Cup defeat of Cabinteely, but Hoops boss Pat Fenlon knows not to take things for granted away to his former club Derry City tonight.

Derry have been unpredictable this season, their comfortable win at home to Drogheda United sandwiched between losses to St Pats (0-2) and Cork (0-3).

"You always get a hard game at the Brandywell. You know what you get up there, they have some good players and Peter Hutton has done well with them this season, he lost a lot of players at the end of last season and had to bring some of the younger ones through. It will be typical Derry and hard to get a result up there," said Fenlon, pleased with the shape of his squad now.

"Monday's League Cup game came at the right time for us. Lads like Barry Murphy, Max Blanchard, Tim Clancy and Rob Cornwall, who haven't been involved, got some game time, Luke Byrne came back after injury."

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