2014 Dundalk F.C. season

Dundalk entered the 2014 season having finished as runners-up in 2013. 2014 was Stephen Kenny's second season at the club as manager. It was Dundalk's sixth consecutive season in the top tier of Irish football, their 79th in all, and their 88th in the League of Ireland.

Season summary

Before the League programme got unerway, Dundalk were defeated by St Patrick's Athletic in the fourth round of the Leinster Senior Cup.[2] The 33 round League programme commenced on 7 March 2014, and they were surprisingly beaten 4–1 away to Drogheda United on the opening night.[3] But they quickly reached the top of the table and, as the season progressed, and with defending champions St Patrick's Athletic falling away, Dundalk and Cork City were left to compete for the title. On the final night of the season, Dundalk defeated Cork 2–0 in Oriel Park to win the title – their tenth, and first since 1994–95.[4]

In the remaining cup competitions, they reached the final of the 2014 Setanta Sports Cup – losing to Sligo Rovers 1–0 in a rain-drenched match.[5] They won the 2014 League of Ireland Cup Final with a 3–2 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Oriel Park,[6] thereby winning the club's first League and League Cup double. The League Cup win came five days after Rovers had defeated Dundalk in the 2014 FAI Cup quarter-final, which had gone to a replay.[7]

In Europe they were knocked out at the second hurdle, losing to Hajduk Split in the Europa League second qualifying round. Having comfortably defeated Jeunesse Esch 5–1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round,[8] they lost the first leg of the second qualifying round 2–0 in Oriel. But they recovered from going a goal down in Split to take a 2–1 lead, just falling short of the third away goal that would have won the tie.[9]

First-Team Squad (2014)

Sources:[10]

Name Date of Birth Position Debut season League appearances Goals
Peter Cherrie 25 September 1981 GK 2009 33 0
Sean Gannon 11 July 1991 DF 2014 33 2
Brian Gartland 4 November 1986 DF 2013 30 8
Andy Boyle 7 March 1991 DF 2013 32 2
Chris Shields 27 December 1990 MF 2012 30 0
Stephen O'Donnell 15 January 1986 MF 2013 12 2
Daryl Horgan 10 August 1992 MF 2014 33 5
John Mountney 22 February 1993 MF 2012 21 2
David McMillan 14 December 1988 FW 2014 23 7
Ruaidhrí Higgins 23 October 1984 MF 2014 23 0
Kurtis Byrne 9 April 1990 FW 2013 31 7
Dane Massey 17 April 1988 DF 2013 33 2
Richie Towell 17 July 1991 MF 2013 33 11
Patrick Hoban 28 July 1991 FW 2013 32 20
Darren Meenan 1 October 1991 MF 2013 32 3
Donal McDermott 19 October 1989 FW 2014 11 0
Mark Rossiter 27 May 1983 DF 2013 6 0
Mark Griffin 16 June 1991 FW 2008 10 0
Georgie Poynton 8 September 1997 MF 2013 0 0
Gabriel Sava 15 September 1986 GK 2014 0 0

Competitions

Premier Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dundalk (C) 33 22 8 3 73 24 +49 74 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Cork City 33 22 6 5 51 25 +26 72 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 St Patrick's Athletic 33 19 8 6 66 37 +29 65
4 Shamrock Rovers 33 18 8 7 43 26 +17 62
5 Sligo Rovers 33 12 7 14 44 36 +8 43
6 Limerick 33 12 5 16 37 45 −8 41
7 Bohemians 33 9 13 11 40 41 −1 40
8 Derry City 33 9 11 13 42 41 +1 38
9 Drogheda United 33 10 6 17 40 63 −23 36
10 Bray Wanderers 33 5 11 17 28 61 −33 26
11 UCD (R) 33 6 7 20 27 71 −44 25 Qualification to Relegation play-off and
qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
12 Athlone Town (R) 33 4 10 19 35 56 −21 22 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Source: [11]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

FAI Cup

Source:[12]

Second Round
Third Round
Quarter Final
Quarter Final Replay

League Cup

Source:[12]

Second Round
Quarter Final
Semi Final
Final

Setanta Cup

Source:[12]

Quarter Final First Leg
Quarter Final Second Leg

Dundalk won 4–3 on aggregate.

Semi Final First Leg
Semi Final Second Leg

Dundalk won 3–1 on aggregate.

Final

Leinster Senior Cup

Source:[12]

Fourth Round

Europe

Europa League

Source:[12]

First qualifying round
Jeunesse Esch 0–2 Dundalk
Report Towell Goal 59' (pen.)71'
Stade de la Frontière, Esch-sur-Alzette
Attendance: 759
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (Albania)
Dundalk 3–1 Jeunesse Esch
Gartland Goal 8'
Byrne Goal 37'
Mountney Goal 45+1'
Report Zydko Goal 55'
Oriel Park, Dundalk
Attendance: 2,534
Referee: Tsvetan Krastev (Bulgaria)

Dundalk won 5–1 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round
Dundalk 0–2 Hajduk Split
Report Caktaš Goal 9'
Vlašić Goal 75'
Oriel Park, Dundalk
Attendance: 3,014
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)
Hajduk Split 1–2 Dundalk
Kouassi Goal 25' Report Hoban Goal 66'
Byrne Goal 74'
Stadion Poljud, Split
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ionuț Avram (Romania)

Hajduk Split won 3–2 on aggregate.

Awards

Player of the Month

Month Nationality Player Reference
May  Ireland Daryl Horgan [13]
July  Ireland Richie Towell [14]
September  Ireland Dane Massey [15]
October  Ireland Patrick Hoban [16]

SWAI Personality of the Year

Person Reference
Stephen Kenny [17]

References

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  3. ^ Whelan, Padraig. "League Report: Drogheda Utd 4 - 1 Dundalk". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  4. ^ Greene, Donal. "Dundalk crowned Premier Division Champions 2014". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ Pollard, Stephen. "Sligo Rovers win 2014 SETANTA SPORTS CUP". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  6. ^ Moore, Ian. "Dundalk overcome Shamrock Rovers to take EA Sports Cup". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  7. ^ Whelan, Padraig. "FAI Cup Replay: Dundalk 1 - 2 Shamrock Rovers". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  8. ^ "DUNDALK 3 - 1 JEUNESSE ESCH". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  9. ^ "HAJDUK SPLIT 1 - 2 DUNDALK". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Dundalk FC Squad 2014". www.worldfootball.net. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Ireland 2014". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e "DUNDALK 2014". extratime.ie. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Lilywhites' Daryl Horgan nets player of month award". www.rte.ie. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Dundalk's Richie Towell wins SSE Airtricity League player of month award". www.rte.ie. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Dundalk's Dane Massey takes player of the month award". www.rte.ie. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Dundalk's Hoban named October Player of the Month". www.rte.ie. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Stephen Kenny named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland Personality of the Year". www.irishtimes.com. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2019.

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