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Dundalk Take Three Points In Sligo

First Team News
// 24 Mar 2018

Dundalk closed the gap at the top of the table as they moved to within one point of Cork City with a 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Goals in either half from Patrick Hoban and Michael Duffy were enough to give Dundalk all three points on Saturday evening.

Sligo started the brighter and really should have been in front in the opening minute when Daniel Cleary’s misplaced pass was straight to Callum Waters and he had time to tee himself up but his left footed shot was well saved by Gary Rogers down to his left.

Caolon McAleer dispossessed Robbie Benson next but his shot was easy for Rogers this time as Sligo dominated the early exchanges.

The Lilywhites finally registered their first chance when Michael Duffy’s free-kick was headed across goal by Cleary to Dane Massey at the back post however he wasn’t able to connect with the goal at his mercy.

Ronan Murray struck a free-kick straight at Schlingermann from 25 yards however it wouldn’t be long until the visitors did take the lead.

Duffy found space on the left and he looked like he scuffed his cross. It should have been an easy clearance for Sligo however Seamus Sharkey let the ball under his foot. It fell to Patrick Hoban and he gladly tucked the ball home from 6 yards.

That goal appeared to settle Dundalk and Robbie Benson tried from distance but Schlingermann brilliantly tipped the ball around the post.

Murray then had an effort from a similar distance to Benson however Schlinermann once again was equal to it and held onto it well.

The hosts almost levelled minutes before the break when David Cawley headed just wide from Rhys McCabe’s corner kick.

Dundalk almost doubled their advantage immediately after the break when Massey’s cross was deflected into the path of Hoban however he struck straight at Schlingermann from 20 yards.

The Lilywhites did find the second goal 10 minutes into the second half when an innocuous ball into the box wasn’t cleared by the Sligo defence and it fell to the onrushing Duffy who produced a stunning volley from the edge of the area giving Schlingermann no chance.

Daniel Cleary almost headed home for a third however Schlingermann claimed the ball in the air.

It was almost 2-1 with 25 minutes remaining when Patrick McClean fired a vicious shot however it was well saved by Rogers through a field of bodies.

McAleer almost pulled one back when he found himself through on goal however he fired wide while at the other end, Duffy led a break away from a Sligo attack however his low effort went just wide at the near post.

The home side really should have pulled one back with 15 minutes left on the clock when McClean showed good pace down the left and played a clever cross for the waiting Ally Roy however he somehow, somehow missed the target with Rogers rooted to the spot.

Duffy went rampaging down the left once more and his cross found Marco Tagbajumi who had a shot charged down. The rebound came out to Chris Shields however his effort from 30 yards was easily dealt with by Sligo Rovers’ defence.

Despite some late pressure, the Lilywhites held out to secure their first away victory of the campaign/

SLIGO ROVERS: Micheal Schlingermann; Gary Boylan, Kyle McFadden (capt), Patrick McClean, Seamus Sharkey; Callum Waters (Ally Roy 56), Craig Roddan (Eduardo Pincelli 58), David Cawley, Caolan McAleer, Rhys McCabe (Lewis Morrison 67); Adam Morgan.

Substitutes not used: Mitchell Beeney (GK), Greg Moorhouse, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney.

Booked: Roddan (12), Sharkey (22), McClean (64), McAleer (78), McFadden (80)

Sent off: None.

DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Jamie McGrath (Stephen O’Donnell 85), Ronan Murray (John Mountney 76), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 80).

Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Krisztian Adorjan, Stephen Folan, Karolis Chvedukas.

Booked:  None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Rob Hennessey.