Good Friday As Lilywhites Take 3 Points
Dundalk made it a very Good Friday as they sealed a 3-0 victory at Oriel Park over Bohemians.
A superb crowd turned out to see first half goals from Patrick Hoban and Sean Gannon before Michael Duffy crowned a stunning performance with a well deserved goal in the final minute.
The match also saw Dundalk secure a league record of eight clean sheets in succession.
There was little action in the first minutes other than Gary Rogers going off with a calf injury to be replaced with Gabriel Sava.
It did little to affect the defensive rearguard however as the Lilywhites bossed things and failed to give up an opportunity to the visitors.
Dane Massey had the first effort of note that went on target when Dane Massey struck from all of 35 yards however Shane Supple was equal to it while from a little closer in, making his first start, Krisztián Adorján also had a shot but it was easily blocked down.
Hoban then had his first chance of the night, somewhat accidentally as he followed in Supple with the ball at his feet and his clearance came at the striker but on his left foot it went well over the bar.
It wasn’t long until he did give the Lilywhites the lead though as Adorján did brilliantly well to knock the ball ahead of Dan Casey who brought the midfielder down in the box leaving referee Graham Kelly with no option but to point to the spot.
Up stepped Hoban, who sent Supple the wrong way to notch fifth league goal of the campaign.
It was 2-0 with almost the next attack when some wonderful football saw Jamie McGrath play a superb ball behind the defence to set Gannon free who raided in behind and calmly slotted the ball past Supple when one on one.
It was almost 3-0 when Bohs corner broke down and Michael Duffy picked the ball up on the left wing. He set off with frightening pace and beat four Gypsy defenders before shooting however the goalkeeper grabbed at the second attempt.
That proved to be the final attack of the half as the Lilywhites were in control at the break.
In the second half it was indeed more of the same.
Supple had to make a save at the feet of Duffy as he rushed in to score while Adorján lined up a shot which bounced just in front of Supple however the goalkeeper pushed it wide.
Adorjan again with a chance however his shot was dragged wide from just outside the area before the Hungarian turned provider when he found Gannon on the right and he was looking for his second of the night however he shot wide at the near post.
As the game approached the 90th minute, the clean sheet record that Dundalk have had since the start of the campaign was under serious threat when a goalmouth scramble ensued on the Dundalk goal and first Stephen Folan prevented the goal before Sava held onto the ball to preserve it.
Duffy then went down the other end in injury-time and forced a good save from Supple however he would find the net moments later when the corner was never cleared.
John Mountney kept it alive and gave the ball to Gannon who fired in a superb cross which found the Derry man. He turned expertly in the box, away from three Bohs defenders, before powering the ball to the bottom left hand corner to emphatically secure the points.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers (Gabriel Sava 6), Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (John Mountney 88); Jamie McGrath, Krisztián Adorján (Stephen O’Donnell 77), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Dylan Connolly, Sam Byrne, Marco Tagbajumi, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Hoban (61), Benson (64)
Sent off: None.
BOHEMIANS: Shane Supple (capt); Darragh Leahy, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey (Dan Casey 46), Oscar Brennan; Paddy Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Keith Ward, Karl Moore (Eoghan Stokes 63); Dinny Corcoran.
Substitutes not used: Colin McCabe (GK), Phillip Gannon, Danny Grant, JJ Lunney, John Ross Wilson.
Booked: Kavanagh (52)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Graham Kelly.