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Goalscoring hero Ciaran Kilduff savours 'surreal' moment as Dundalk continue to make history

The striker scored the winning goal in tonight’s Europa League encounter.

Kilduff also scored the equaliser against AZ in the first group game.
Kilduff also scored the equaliser against AZ in the first group game.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DUNDALK STRIKER CIARAN Kilduff was full of praise of his teammates after another momentous night in the club’s history, despite the goalscorer grabbing the headlines yet again.

The striker, who turned 28 today, celebrated his birthday in style by scoring the only goal in Dundalk’s victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Europa League tonight, but was quick to credit the management team and the men who kept Israel’s most decorated footballing side scoreless.

“It’s a special moment, coming off the bench in both games to grab the headlines, but it’s not about me tonight,” Kilduff told eir Sport after the game.

“The lads were unbelievable the whole night through. I thought Chris Shields and the midfield were amazing all night. We scrapped, and we had to dig in the last 15 minutes.

“They have some quality players, and we got over the line.

“Daryl (Horgan) delivered again with a great ball for me, and I had the easy job of putting it away.

“We came into the game, and said we wanted to win it, and I think we got what we deserved tonight. They had a fair percentage of the ball, but we dug in when we had to, and we know we are capable of scoring against anyone.

“When you have the creative players like we have in the final third, myself and David McMillan at times have the easy job of putting them away.

“It was my birthday today and he (Stephen Kenny) just told me to go out and enjoy it. He gave me a bit of instruction before the game, it was one of those surreal moments for me.

“It was an easy enough finish in the end, and you get all the plaudits then, and enjoy the celebrations. Stephen (Kenny) had us all ready for this one, he knew were capable of going out and making another bit of history and thankfully we did.”

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