Dundalk Take All 3 At Tallaght
Dundalk made it six wins on the bounce in the league with a 5-2 win over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening.
Daniel Carr had put Rovers in front in the fourth minute however Dundalk came roaring back with goals from Patrick Hoban in the first half and in the second from Daniel Cleary and Dane Massey. Roberto Lopes made it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining however a Robbie Benson brace sealed victory in an entertaining clash.
Dundalk fell behind in the fourth minute when a defensive mix up saw Brian Gartland divert the ball towards his own goal forcing Gary Rogers into a superb stop however it fell to Daniel Carr who tapped home from six yards.
It was almost 2-0 moments later when Carr once again capitalised on confusion but Rogers did well to prevent it finding the net.
Rovers were lucky to retain the full compliment of players shortly after though when Roberto Lopes escaped with just a yellow card somehow when his knee high tackle took our Jamie McGrath. Thankfully the number 10 was fit to continue.
Dundalk made their first ventures forward as the game ticked towards the 20 minute mark and Michael Duffy got on the end of Dylan Connolly’s cross however his shot was always rising.
Duffy provided the cross from a corner in the minutes after that however Daniel Cleary headed straight at the goalkeeper.
Ethan Boyle flicked the ball on at the near post and it almost fell to substitute Gary Shaw but Rogers reacted quicker to get the ball clear.
Dundalk did gradually get into it and were putting pressure on as the break approached. Connolly got joy down the right hand side and went past 3 players before pulling it back for Hoban however he thought McGrath was going to take it and the chance went.
There was to be no confusion in the 37th minute when Duffy was fouled he took the free-kick quickly and found the waiting Benson on the left. His first time cross was headed clear by Greg Bolger however it fell back to Duffy who jinked out to the left and played a sublime cross into the box and onto the forehead of Patrick Hoban. His stunning header was into the bottom right corner and out of the reach of Tomer Chencinski to level the game.
The only action before the break was a clash of heads between Finn and Brian Gartland which forced the Hoop off at the interval.
Dundalk had a chance to go in front immediately after the re-start when Benson found Duffy in a swift counter and he raced forward however his shot from the edge of the area was easily gathered by the goalkeeper.
Dundalk were to go in front though just on the hour mark when Duffy was fouled on the left touchline. He left the kick for Benson who played a superb cross to Daniel Cleary and he guided it past the dive of Chencinski.
The Lilywhites would make it 3-1 when Chris Shields fed Massey and he unleashed a powerful drive from the edge of the area which went under the grasp of Chencinski.
Dundalk looked in complete control until the 70th minute when a shot from Rovers cannoned back off the crossbar and fell to Lopes who tapped into the empty net.
It wouldn’t be 3-2 for long though as Dundalk raced forward from the kick-off and Benson got beyond Lee Grace and showed terrific composure to slide the ball past the goalkeeper and in off the post to make it 4-2.
4-2 became 5-2 with 77 minutes gone when substitute Krisztián Adorján find space on the edge of the area and he slipped it through to the advanced Benson and he powered home for his second of the evening.
Rovers had a chance to pull one back when Gary Shaw latched onto a long punt but his effort was pulled well wide.
Marco Tagbajumi had the perfect opportunity to make it three goals in three games for him but he somehow headed it wide with the goal at his mercy.
That proved to be the final action as the Lilywhites claimed all three points.
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Tomer Chencinski; Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Luke Byrne; Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn (capt) (David McAllister 46); Sean Kavanagh, Aaron Bolger (Brandon Kavanagh 70), Joel Coustrain; Daniel Carr (Gary Shaw 24)
Substitutes not used: Gavin Bazunu (GK), Ally Gilchrist, Joey O’Brien, Dean Dillon.
Booked: Lopes (14), Kavanagh (54)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Dylan Connolly (Krisztián Adorján 67), Jamie McGrath (Karolis Chvedukas 86), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 87).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen Folan, Ronan Murray, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Cleary (61)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Ben Connolly.