U-17s | Sligo 1-1 DFC
Liam Burns’ squad fought back from a goal down to earn a valuable point in their clash with fellow title challengers Sligo Rovers at a windy Sean Fallon Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Playing against the breeze in the first half, the young Lilywhites conceded plenty of possession to their opponents but were able to repel most of their hosts’ attacks. That was until two recent call ups to the Irish U18 side- who take on their U19 counterparts on Wednesday- linked up down the right hand side to create the opening goal.
Initially Ryan Smyth took possession following a throw in and the skipper’s subsequent cross was sent to the Dundalk net thanks to a spectacular overhead kick from Liam Kerrigan. The away side had a number of half chances, including a corner kick which fizzed across the face of the goal, but they couldn’t find an equaliser before half time.
Half time score Sligo Rovers 1 Dundalk FC 0
The Dundalk management team made a number of switches following the break and, now playing with the wind, the players adopted a higher tempo and squeezed their opponents higher up the field.
However, despite the changes, they almost fell further behind following a slip in the away defence but David Odumsu continued his excellent run of form by denying the Bit O’ Red in a one on one. His team mates nearly capitalised but Peter Shields free kick sailed narrowly wide.
However, in the 89th minute, Dundalk FC did find their equaliser as Neil Kerr combined with Peter Shields down the right wing and substitute Shields’ cross was fired superbly to the top corner by an excellent swerving drive from another replacement in the form of Luke Byrne.
They couldn’t rest easy on their laurels as Sligo Rovers had a final chance to snatch all three points with a long range effort in the last minute- Odumsu, at full stretch, denied them once more.
Dundalk FC- David Odumsu; Neil Kerr, Luke Doherty, Mark Traynor, Christian Jones; Dylan Tighe, Daniel Bogdanov, Chris Mc Fadden; Jamie Wynne, Peter Shields; Luke Gorham
Substitutes used- Luke Byrne, Jamie Browne, Adam Kirwan
Sligo Rovers- Luke Mc Nicholas; Ryan Smith, Liam Whyte, Gearoid Mulligan, Niall Morahan, Seamas Keogh, Cian Mc Allister, Dillon Munnelly, Darren Collins, Liam Kerrigan, Jack O Connor
Substitutes- Fiachra Staunton, Adam Lynch, Luke O Reilly, Scott Lynch, James Mc Grath, Aaron Perry, Mark Byrne