U-19s | DFC 0-2 Sligo
Our Under 19s lost 2-0 to Sligo Rovers in their league clash at Oriel Park on Saturday afternoon.
Martin Connolly and his backroom staff made a number of changes following last weekend’s victory away to Longford Town- Matt Lyons returned in goal, while Jack O’Keefe took the number nine shirt once more and there were a number of positional switches. The game started in torrential rain and both sides had passages of possession yet failed to truly trouble either goalkeeper from shots on target.
That was until the 35th minute as some excellent high pressing from centre forward Iarlaith Connor released Brian Morley who squared it to Mark Hannon who finished well past an exposed Matt Lyons. Our young Lilywhites had a couple of half chances a few moments later as Jack O’Keefe latched onto an Ubaezuono through ball to fire narrowly over the bar before driving another effort wide a moment later following good passing build-up from Jack Traynor and Adam Finnegan.
Half time score Dundalk FC 0 Sligo Rovers 1
The second half began with Sligo Rovers in the ascendancy as central midfielder Keaney saw his free kick fly narrowly off target. Dundalk came roaring back into the game and Cian Flynn had a long range effort well saved by Ed Mc Ginty before the Bit O’ Red almost saw their lead doubled after seventy minutes as substitute Higgins broke free- Jack Traynor’s lunge diverting the ball wide for a corner. Next up to test the Dundalk defence was Keaney once more and his pile driver was brilliantly pushed onto the crossbar by Lyons.
The away side did, however, score their second goal with eight minutes remaining as Hannon, once more took advantage of a slip in the Dundalk rearguard to lift the ball into the Lilywhites net. Dundalk sub Kevin Kelly rattled the bar with a superb strike shortly after but the Sligo Rovers clean sheet remained as they took all three points west.
Next up for our Under 19s is the Enda Mc Guill Cup Final on Thursday night away to UCD.
Dundalk FC- Matt Lyons; James Rice, Eric Whelan, Jack Traynor, Carlton Ubaezuono; Dean Watters, Aaron Townley; Seán O’ Hanlon, Adam Finnegan, Cian Flynn; Jack O’ Keefe
Substitutes- Scott Prendergast, Kevin Kelly, James Woods (all used) Shaun Whelan (unused)
Sligo Rovers- Ed Mc Ginty; Mikey O’Brien, Shane Mc Callion, Shay Doherty, Fintan Berrotto; Jack Keaney; Paul Doyle; Martin Walsh, Mark Hannon, Brian Morley; Iarlaith Connor
Substitutes- Eoin Slevin, Conor Heneghan, Liam Hughes, Dayo Fubrini, Gary Higgins (all used) Finnian Brady (unused)
Picture credit: Ciaran Culligan/Dundalk Democrat