Five Goal Win For Dundalk
It was a five star performance from Dundalk as they were 5-0 winners over Bray Wanderers on Friday night at Oriel Park.
Patrick Hoban’s brace was added to by Jamie McGrath, Dylan Connolly and Marco Tagbajumi to ensure three points for Stephen Kenny’s men.
Dundalk were almost in front in the opening minutes when Michael Duffy’s corner found the head of Daniel Cleary but his effort cleared the crossbar by inches.
Jamie McGrath showed some great trickery and his cross found Patrick Hoban however he couldn’t find the target from 12 yards with his header.
Robbie Benson was next to try his luck but he skied his effort from the edge of the area after some lovely build up work from McGrath and Hoban.
Dundalk were almost caught out though by Daniel Kelly as he got in behind Dean Jarvis however Gary Rogers stood tall well to save and the follow up effort fell to Kelly but he sliced it wide of the target.
The Lilywhites would find the net with their next attack as Sean Hoare’s cross found its way to the back post and Hoban was there to apply the finish past Evan Moran.
Former Seagull Dylan Connolly then netted against his former side from inside the box with a cool right footed finish after some good work from McGrath in the midfield.
Duffy got into the game as the first half wore on and his trickery got him to the byline and his pull back to Hoban should have been scored by the number 9 but he struck the post with the goalkeeper beaten.
Hoare was next to try but his effort went into the arms of the goalkeeper via a deflection and Duffy again got a cross into the box to Hoban but his header was inches wide of the left hand post.
McGrath was looking to get in on the act but he wasn’t able to find the target from 20 yards.
He came a little closer 10 minutes before half-time when he got on the end of Duffy’s ball to the edge of the area but he hit the side netting.
The Athboy did get the goal that his performance deserved when he was first one in on the rebound after Duffy’s drive was parried by Moran to finish to the net.
That was the final action of the half as Dundalk went in 3-0 in front.
Duffy had a free-kick which was well saved by Moran immediately after the re-start after Chris Shields had been brought down before Connolly almost added his second of the night when he was on the end of some pinball in the Bray box however it was straight at the goalkeeper.
Duffy caught a half volley sweetly but it went well wide however it was to be 4-0 on the hour mark.
Jarvis got down the left well beyond Duffy and played a wonderful cross to the head of Hoban and he netted for his second of the night and 14th of the season.
Substitute Ronan Murray struck the crossbar with an outstanding dipping free-kick after he won the kick himself before Shields crossed for the waiting substitute Marco Tagbajumi but he headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Tagbajumi looped a header towards goal but it was headed off the line. As the game approached the 75th minute the striker would get on the scoresheet.
A superb flowing move saw Duffy give it to Jarvis and his first time, teasing, cross was into the danger area and there was the 29 year-old to bundle the ball to the net.
Duffy then was the one with the cross for the waiting Murray but his header was over the bar when he was in acres of space.
There was no chances after that in the game with the game played at a sedate pace. There was a seven minute stoppage after substitute Andrew McGovern suffered a sickening leg injury after a collision with his own team mate Sean Heaney.
5-0 was how it finished and Dundalk remain top of the table ahead of Shamrock Rovers next week.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dean Jarvis; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (Krisztián Adorján 46); Dylan Connolly, Jamie McGrath (Ronan Murray 63), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 63)
Substitutes: Gabriel Sava (GK), Karolis Chvedukas, Dane Massey, Stephen Folan.
Booked: Jarvis (43), Adorjan (63)
Sent off: None.
BRAY WANDERERS: Evan Moran; Dylan Hayes (Dragos Mamaliga 46), Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, Kevin Lynch; Paul O’Connor, Daniel McKenna, Corey Galvin, Daniel Kelly; Gary McCabe (capt) (Andrew McGovern 21), Ronan Coughlan (Ger Pender 82).
Substitutes not used: Adam Dempsey (GK), Darragh Gibbons, Cian Walsh, Byron O’Gorman.
Booked: O’Conor (46), McKenna (64)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Robert Harvey