Dundalk Win At Dalymount
Dundalk made it 3 wins in a week as they were 2-0 winners over Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.
Goals in either half from Patrick Hoban and the outstanding Sean Hoare were enough for the Lilywhites to secure all three points and stay top of the SSE Airtricity League table.
Dundalk got off to the perfect start when a deep Sean Hoare cross was expertly knocked down by Michael Duffy at the back post and waiting was Patrick Hoban who drove home from six yards for his 12th of the campaign.
Dundalk dominated possession for the next 20 minutes but didn’t create a chance of note only Hoban heading over the bar from Duffy’s corner.
In fact it was Bohemians who had the next best chance and it was Keith Buckley who found Dinny Corcoran through on goal however Gary Rogers stood tall to block well.
Hoare then had a chance himself to make it 2-0 however after he teed himself up on the right hand side but he fired well over the bar.
SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for April Duffy then had a superb chance to make it 2-0. Hoare’s cross from the right found the forehead of the Derry man however Supple did superbly well to turn it over the bar from point blank range.
Hoare again went on adventure once more when he vacated the right back slot in search of a goal however after finding space all to himself 25 yards out, his left footed drive went inches wide of the post.
Hoban looked like he had the perfect chance to double the lead however he couldn’t get enough on Massey’s clipped cross and the ball went wide.
Just before the break, Corcoran looked like he had levelled things up when his clever shot was somehow scooped off the line.
Jamie McGrath had the final effort of the first half when he found space all to himself 30 yards from goal however his left footed strike was straight at Supple.
Immediately into the second half it was almost 2-0 when Dylan Connolly’s cross caused panic and it was blocked into the path of Duffy and he gets there before Supple but hits over the bar.
Dylan Watts looked like he had levelled things though when he got in behind from Corcoran’s through ball and his touch set him away, he tried to lob the advancing Rogers but the goalkeeper produced a stunning save to claw the ball away.
Eoghan Stokes was next to try and his snapshot forced Rogers into a smart save down to his left.
Brian Gartland then had a chance to make it 2-0 when he got in the end of Duffy’s corner but he could only direct it over the bar.
McGratht steered Duffy’s cross just wide of the target from 12 yards with his left foot however Duffy was to have a better chance moments later. Hoare did exceptionally well on the right and got to the by line. He crossed for Duffy however he somehow, somehow hit the crossbar and the ball went over from 2 yards.
Dundalk made the points safe in the final ten minutes when Hoare got the goal his performance deserved. Duffy’s corner caused panic and Gartland had his effort saved by Supple but Massey lobbed it back in and Hoare was there at the back post to power home.
That was the final action and it finished 2-0 to Stephen Kenny’s troops with Waterford up next on Monday at Oriel.
BOHEMIANS: Shane Supple; Patrick Kirk, Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Dan Casey; Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Oscar Brennan (Keith Ward 77), Dylan Watts, Eoghan Stokes (Danny Grant 77); Dinny Corcoran.
Substitutes not used: Jamie Cleary (GK), Philly Gannon, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, JJ Lunney.
Booked: Brennan (66), Byrne (85)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland, Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (Dean Jarvis 86); Dylan Connolly (Krisztiá Adorján 66), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 81).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen Folan, Georgie Poynton, Ronan Murray.
Sent off: None.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin