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Dundalk 2-2 Longford Town

Match Report
// 5 Feb 2019

Dundalk and Longford Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Oriel Park in a pre-season friendly.

Daniel Kelly and Patrick Hoban gave the Lilywhites the lead before Adam Evans and Mick McDonnell found the net for Longford to see the match end level.

It was a bright opening to the game for the Lilywhites and Patrick McEleney had the first effort of the night but his strike from close range was over the bar.

Robbie Benson was next but he was further out and he shot from distance but his ambitious effort never threatened the goal.

Daniel Kelly had an effort go just wide after he capitalised on Conor Kenna’s mistake before McEleney again found himself with space inside the box but his effort was deflected harmlessly wide.

The game went a little dead in the run up to the break but Patrick Hoban had his first chance of the night when he got the lucky break from Duffy’s cross but the striker’s shot was easy for Lee Steacy.

The lead goal would come just on the stroke of half-time when Benson did excellently on the wing and he crossed for the waiting Kelly and his left footed volley was straight to the net.

Benson had the first effort of the second half immediately from kick-off but his left footed effort was just over the bar.

Dundalk did make it 2-0 when Hoban got on the scoresheet with a superb dinked finish after a sublime McEleney ball put him in.

Adam Evans pulled one back almost straight away when Adam Evans fired cleverly past Gary Rogers.

Dundalk had two quickfire chances from substitute Georgie Kelly to restore the two goal lead when first the striker rose highest to meet John Mountney’s corner but he could only guide it wide and then McEleney played another expert through ball to the striker but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Dundalk were made to rue those missed chances when Anto Breslin’s free-kick was headed to the net by Mick McDonnell.

Mountney then had a chance to put Dundalk back in front but his header was just over the bar as the match went into injury-time.

The Lilywhites should have won it in the final seconds.

First Sean Gannon went on a rampaging run down the right and squared it for Georgie Kelly but his effort was deflected wide.

From the corner, Mountney’s ball in was to the head of Kelly once more and he struck the crossbar! The ball rebounded to Stephen Folan but his effort was scrambled away off the line and that was the final action.

The Lilywhites move on to the fourth consecutive President’s Cup contest with Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Saturday evening.

DUNDALK FC: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland (capt) (Daniel Cleary 79), Stephen Folan, Dane Massey (Dean Jarvis 73); Chris Shields (Sean Gannon 61), Robbie Benson (Dylan Hand 79); Daniel Kelly (James Carroll 89), Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy (John Mountney 61); Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 73)

Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Lido Lotefa, Jordan Maguire, Cian Lee, Ross Treacy (GK)

LONGFORD TOWN: Lee Steacy; Shane Elworthy (Tumelo Tlou 81), Anto Breslin, Conor Kenna, Aodh Dervin; Mick McDonnell, Dean Zambra (Karl Fitzsimons 64), Paul O’Connor (Paddy O’Sullivan 81), Karl Chambers; Jamie Doyle (Dean Byrne 64), Adam Evans (Eoin O’Neill 64).

Substitutes not used: Daniel Ridge, Jack Menton (GK)