Superb Shields the star as Dundalk close in on the title

Chris Shields Dundalk FC

By Gerard Mulreaney

Dundalk’s Chris Shields was the unanimous ‘Man of the Match’ in last night’s 1-0 win over Cork City in Turners Cross last night, and in his after-Match interview with RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue the no-nonsense midfielder used an Eamon Dunphy quote to sum up his goal.

Shields was was hugely influential in the win, tracking back, making last ditch tackles and also scored the winning goal in the third minute, with a scuffed effort from outside the area which took a slight deflection to decide City keeper Mark McNulty.

When asked about the goal Shields said, “It’s nice to score, that’s three for the year, the highest tally for me for a while. It was a bit of a scruffy one, but in the words of Eamon Dunphy ‘I’ll take it baby’!”

He was happy to accept the award, saying “Usually it’s Micky (Duffy) or Pat (Hoban) picking these up, so to pick it up on an important night and get a massive three points down here is absolutely fantastic.”

The result almost guarantees Dundalk the title, albeit they still mathematically need four more points, unless their superior goal difference gets wiped out by Cork over the last four games. Shields knows they have one hand on the trophy, “It’s in our hands, as it was before the game, but to really now push ourselves ahead with a game in hand on Tuesday.”

“Cork, what can you say? It’s now four years we’ve pushed each other. We could meet in the final yet again (if both sides reach the FAI Cup final). We’re always pushing each other, and it makes it a great spectacle for the league to be fair.”

“We have to look at Tuesday first, it’s a huge game against Derry. The two of us might be a bit leggy after the games, they play tomorrow and they’ve had a heap of games as well. Once Tuesday’s dealt with we’ll focus on UCD on Friday.”

“When there’s something like that on the line you just find that extra yard. Maybe it’s the adrenaline taking over by then. Luckily we got over the line with it.”

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