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Kenny backs buoyed Byrne to bag Dundalk more goals

DUNDALK boss Stephen Kenny is delighted to see new recruit Kurtis Byrne find his way to goal so early in the season.

The 22-year-old, a son of former Celtic and Ireland U21 star Paul Byrne, is playing in the League of Ireland for the first time after spells in Britain with Norwich and Hibernian as well as a number of lower-league clubs in Scotland, most recently third-tier side Brechin City.

Dundalk struggled for goals last season – their top-scorer didn't even reach double figures – but new manager Kenny, ahead of tonight's league game away to Shelbourne, hopes that Byrne can draw confidence from the fact that he scored the winner in a League Cup defeat of Shels earlier this week.

"It's good for Kurtis Byrne to get his first goal. He has scored plenty in pre-season, and another clean sheet, so there is a lot of good things and a lot of areas for improvement you would feel," said Kenny, hoping for a repeat of Monday's game as his club and Shels meet for the second time in a week, Dundalk already feeling positive about the season after they began the league campaign with a 0-0 draw against Shamrock Rovers.

"We wanted our first win. It's our second match and our second clean sheet so it's a good win," he said.