Duffy Strike Seals Win
Dundalk went six points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table on Friday night with a hard fought 1-0 win over Limerick at Market’s Field!
Michael Duffy’s crucial second half strike was the difference between the sides as the Lilywhites bounced back from their defeat on Tuesday evening.
Dundalk almost took the lead in the opening 90 seconds when Michael Duffy robbed the ball from Michael Duffy 20 yards from goal. He set himself up to shoot and did but Tommy Holland got down well to gather.
It was Limerick who took over in terms of chances after that. Connor Ellis and Karl O’Sullivan had shots saved by Gary Rogers before Will Fitzgerald did brilliantly to create space on the edge of the box but his shot was easy for Rogers.
Daniel Cleary got on the end of a Robbie Benson corner but couldn’t get enough power on it while at the other end Karl O’Sullivan got himself free on the right however he fired well over the bar.
Dundalk then had some goalmouth action of their own when Duffy’s free-kick was blocked into the path of Dean Jarvis but his shot was saved well by Holland from the edge of the area.
Duffy’s excellent cross was then headed inches wide at the back post by Dylan Connolly on the half hour mark.
The best chance of the half fell to Cian Coleman just before the break when his header looked destined for the net from six yards however Rogers produced a stunning save to tip it around the post.
Barry Maguire shot wide of the target and Patrick Hoban had his first effort of the game in the 44th minute when he got his head on Connolly’s cross however Holland managed to just about keep it out.
Ellis had the first chance of the second half for Limerick as he fired narrowly over from just outside the box and Hoban then responded with a header from Gannon’s cross but he couldn’t get enough on it to trouble the goalkeeper.
The Lilywhites controlled possession without creating a lot. McGrath had a header go into the arms of the goalkeeper and substitute Patrick McEleney had a shot go straight at Holland too.
Dundalk did break the deadlock with less than 10 minutes left on the watch. McEleney did brilliantly to take it past 4 Limerick players before Mountney’s cross caused some pinball in the box. It broke to Duffy after a penalty shout and he fired the ball low to the bottom right corner past Holland.
Duffy almost doubled the advantage and his own tally when he cut in excellently off the left but Holland this time got a strong hand to palm it away.
That was the final action of note as Dundalk held out in the final stages with ease to secure a precious victory in the rain!
LIMERICK: Tommy Holland; Darren Murphy, Killian Brouder, Colman Kennedy, Shane Tracy; Karl O’Sullivan, Barry Maguire, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan, Will Fitzgerald (Billy Dennehy 80); Connor Ellis (Danny Morrissey 75)
Substitutes not used: Jack Brady (GK), , Tomas O’Connor, Adam Foley, Ger Barry, Aaron Fitzgerald.
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (Patrick McEleney 77); Dylan Connolly (Ronan Murray 46), Jamie McGrath (John Mountney 67), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Georgie Kelly, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey.
Booked: Connolly (19), McGrath (39), Cleary (47)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Rob Rogers