Michael Duffy is confident that Dundalk will bounce straight back after an agonising injury-time defeat to Shamrock Rovers ended the Lilywhites’ 13-game winning streak at Oriel Park last night.
The winger’s 12th goal of the season cancelled out a second-minute Roberto Lopes header but, after dominating the majority of the game, Dundalk were stunned as a 94th-minute Dylan Watts penalty gave the visitors all three points.
“Everyone’s disappointed. It’s a hard one to take,” Duffy told dundalkfc.com after the game.
“We didn’t start well, the first 10 minutes, but we dominated the game then. We didn’t really look like conceding and we had a lot of chances, so it’s just frustrating to lose like that.”
With the game deep into injury time, referee Rob Harvey adjudged that Sean Gannon had fouled Ronan Finn inside the box but, from his vantage point, Duffy was surprised to see the official point to the spot.
“I couldn’t believe he’d given it,” he said. “I think the Rovers players were appealing for a corner, never mind a penalty, but it’s just one of those things. Sometimes it happens and decisions go against you.
“That was a horrible one to go against us, but we’re not going to dwell on it too much. I don’t think we put in a bad performance. It was just one of those nights.”
The Lilywhites now face a trip to the Markets Field to take on Limerick on Friday. It will be the fifth fixture in 15 days for Stephen Kenny’s squad but, after tasting a first league defeat since May, Duffy is pleased to see the game coming around so soon.
“We’re happy now that we’ve got a game in three days’ time and hopefully we’ll get back to winning ways,” said the Derryman.
“We’ll still be going to Limerick confident after the run we’ve been having and even the performance tonight.
“We’re still three points clear. We just need to keep winning. We’d have taken this position at the start of the season, so we’re still in a great position. It’s on us.”