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Sunday 21 April 2019

Snub will drive Hoban

Perth feels that Hoban was hard done by in not getting any awards. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Perth feels that Hoban was hard done by in not getting any awards. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Dundalk boss Vinny Perth claims that the lack of recognition for the double winner's top scorer Pat Hoban will make the striker more motivated this season.

The Lilywhites came away with a win, and trophy, from the first game of the 2019 season as they beat Cork City 2-1 in the President's Cup final at Turner's Cross.

Hoban and Dane Massey scored for Dundalk while Kevin O'Connor, back at Cork for a second spell on loan from Preston, marked his return with a stunning free kick.

Dundalk won the Premier Division and FAI Cup last season and their men also landed the main awards from the PFAI (Michael Duffy) and Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (Stephen Kenny).

Even though team-mate Duffy was picked as the players' player of the year, Perth feels that Hoban (inset) was hard done by in not getting any awards and in being excluded at international level.

"It's fair to say that Patrick Hoban scores 29 goals and doesn't get any recognition," says Perth. "To achieve what he achieved as a player and not to get any individual awards off the back of it is very surprising to say the least.

"If Pat needs any more motivation, he'll certainly use that as a drive to get to the next level.

"People have got into international squads for less goals in this league. And I think it's very close, it's certainly a high enough standard at the moment in terms of fitness levels that someone scores 29 goals and they are not really talked about as one of the greats.

"So we feel we've something to prove. We're not going to hide from that as a group."

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