2013 Dundalk F.C. season

Dundalk entered the 2013 season having spent the 2012 season rooted in the relegation play-off spot. The club had been put up for sale,[2] and, with the assistance of a Supporters Trust, it was taken over by local businessmen Andy Connolly and Paul Brown (owners of the team's official sponsors, Fastfix). They subsequently managed to remain in the top-flight by winning a promotion/relegation play-off.[3]. With the takeover complete and the club saved, the new owners turned to Stephen Kenny - out of work since being sacked by Shamrock Rovers - to become the new manager ahead of the season.[4] 2013 was Dundalk's fifth consecutive season in the top tier of Irish football, their 78th in all, and their 87th in the League of Ireland.

Season summary

When the 33 round League programme commenced on 8 March 2013, neither supporters nor pundits were sure what to expect,[5] and Dundalk failed to win any of the first five home matches. But with Kenny's team clicking into gear as his ideas took hold, they rose up the table to mount an unexpected title challenge, eventually finishing second - a defeat to eventual champions St. Patrick's Athletic ultimately costing them the title.[6]

In the cup competitions, they exited in both the second round of the League Cup,[7] and the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Cup,[8] to Shamrock Rovers. They reached the semi-final of the FAI Cup and were defeated 1–0 away to 'Louth Derby' rivals, Drogheda United, in a tempestuous game - referee Anthony Buttimer sent off two Dundalk players inside half an hour, and Drogheda took the lead from the penalty spot after the second red card. But the nine men of Dundalk prevented Drogheda scoring again.[9]

First-Team Squad (2013)

Sources:[10]

Name Date of Birth Position Debut season League appearances Goals
Peter Cherrie 25 September 1981 GK 2009 33 0
John Sullivan 6 January 1991 DF 2013 28 1
Brian Gartland 4 November 1986 DF 2013 13 2
Andy Boyle 7 March 1991 DF 2013 32 1
Chris Shields 27 December 1990 MF 2012 19 1
Stephen O'Donnell 15 January 1986 MF 2013 22 3
John Dillon 2 August 1988 MF 2013 29 5
John Mountney 22 February 1993 MF 2012 20 2
Vinny Faherty 13 June 1987 FW 2013 22 1
Keith Ward 12 October 1990 MF 2013 17 1
Kurtis Byrne 9 April 1990 FW 2013 30 7
Dane Massey 17 April 1988 DF 2013 30 4
Richie Towell 17 July 1991 MF 2013 31 7
Patrick Hoban 28 July 1991 FW 2013 28 14
Darren Meenan 1 October 1991 MF 2013 28 0
Tiarnan Mulvenna 10 December 1988 FW 2003 21 5
Mark Rossiter 27 May 1983 DF 2013 28 0
Stephen McDonnell 28 June 1992 MF 2012 11 0
Francis McCaffrey 22 April 1993 MF 2013 7 0
Jordan Keegan 5 February 1992 MF 2013 6 0
Eoghan Osbourne 5 March 1992 DF 2011 5 0

Competitions

Premier Division

Source:[11]

Matches 1–22
Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN LIM SHM SHE SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 3–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–3 0–2 2–1
Bray Wanderers 1–3 1–2 2–3 3–2 0–1 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–2
Cork City 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–1
Derry City 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–1 2–4
Drogheda United 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 2–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–2
Dundalk 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–3
Limerick 2–1 4–4 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–1
Shamrock Rovers 1–1 7–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1
Shelbourne 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–3 2–0
Sligo Rovers 0–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 5–2
St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 4–0 2–0 5–0
UCD 1–0 4–5 3–0 0–6 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–3 0–1

Matches 23–33
Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN LIM SHM SHE SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–3
Bray Wanderers 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1
Cork City 1–0 4–1 5–3 4–2 2–0
Derry City 2–0 0–2 6–0 0–0 3–1 1–2
Drogheda United 1–0 2–0 2–3 3–0 1–0
Dundalk 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–0
Limerick 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–3
Shamrock Rovers 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–4
Shelbourne 0–3 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2
Sligo Rovers 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–0
St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0
UCD 1–3 0–2 1–4 0–3 1–3

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 St Patrick's Athletic (C) 33 21 8 4 56 20 +36 71 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Dundalk 33 21 5 7 55 30 +25 68 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Sligo Rovers 33 19 9 5 53 22 +31 66
4 Derry City 33 17 5 11 57 39 +18 56
5 Shamrock Rovers 33 13 13 7 43 28 +15 52
6 Cork City 33 13 7 13 47 50 −3 46
7 Limerick 33 11 9 13 38 46 −8 42
8 Drogheda United 33 8 14 11 44 46 −2 38
9 UCD 33 8 6 19 45 73 −28 30
10 Bohemians 33 7 8 18 27 47 −20 29
11 Bray Wanderers (O) 33 7 6 20 33 66 −33 27 Qualification to Relegation play-off
12 Shelbourne (R) 33 5 6 22 25 56 −31 21 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Source: [12]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

FAI Cup

Source:[11]

Second Round
Third Round
Quarter Final
Semi Final

League Cup

Source:[11]

First Round
Second Round

Leinster Senior Cup

Source:[11]

Fourth Round
Quarter Final

Awards

Player of the Month

Month Nationality Player Reference
July  Ireland Patrick Hoban [13]
August  Ireland Richie Towell [14]

PFAI Players' Young Player of the Year

Person Reference
Richie Towell [15]

References

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