Hoban Brace Seals Win At Richmond
Dundalk made it 10 league wins in a row on Friday when they came from behind to defeat St. Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 at Richmond Park.
Jake Keegan gave Pat’s a 1-0 lead at half-time however a second half brace from Patrick Hoban and a strike from Chris Shields sealed the win and extended the lead at the top of the table to 4 points over Cork City.
Dundalk started the brighter and won a free-kick in the opening moments when Dylan Connolly ran through on goal but Kevin Toner, who was booked for the challenge, brought him to a halt. Michael Duffy took it and it struck the wall to go wide for a corner which came to nothing.
The Lilywhites dominated possession and should have taken the lead on the quarter hour mark. Duffy played a wonderful slide rule pass in behind the defence to Patrick Hoban. He was through on goal but Brendan Clarke narrowed the angle and blocked his effort well.
It would be 1-0 to Pat’s though just after the midway point of the first half. Dundalk failed to deal with a corner and the ball came back in from Simon Madden to find the unmarked Jake Keegan and he found the net from six yards.
Dundalk should have equalised immediately when Jamie McGrath got in behind Ian Bermingham and crossed however it was deflected back to him and he fired straight at Clarke. It broke to Hoban who had his effort from point blank range somehow blocked.
It was level at the break with Keegan’s goal the differenc.e
Dundalk opened the second half in similar fashion to the first – on the front foot and it was Hoban who had a shot from just outside the box however it was straight at Clarke.
The Lilywhites would get the leveller that they deserved though when Duffy stole the ball inside the Pat’s half and took it forward. He attracted the attention of two defenders and switched it to Hoban. The number 9 teed himself up and fired to the net.
Benson had a chance to complete the turnaround but Lee Desmond got the block in and it set the hosts on a break away and it allowed Conan Byrne to get in behind but Dane Massey somehow, somehow got a block in to deny a certain goal with his body on the line.
Dundalk went in front moments later when Duffy again won the ball but this time inside his own half and he danced past 5 Pat’s players before finding Chris Shields on the right. It looked like he lined up to shoot but his effort deceived Clarke and nestled in the bottom left corner.
Killian Brennan’s free-kick was headed clear by Benson but only to Jamie Lennon however his shot was straight at Rogers.
Benson then had an opportunity to extend our lead when he found space on the edge of the area but his wonderful chip was tipped onto the bar brilliantly by Clarke.
Hoban was given acres of space 25 yards from goal so he had a crack but he couldn’t find the target.
Pat’s began to put on some pressure in the closing stages and Brennan’s long ball into the box fell to Bermingham who had a shot on the turn but it was turned behind expertly by Rogers.
Brennan then had an effort injury-time wonderfully tipped over the bar by Rogers to keep the Lilywhites in front.
A series of corners for the saints followed and on the last one they threw everyone forward in search of an equaliser and that left them exposed to the break away, which indeed happened and Benson got in on goal and unselfishly squared for Hoban to get his 21st goal of the campaign and seal an important three points.
ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Brendan Clarke; Simon Madden, Kevin Toner, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (capt); Ryan Brennan, Jamie Lennon; Conan Byrne (Thomas Byrne 78), Killian Brennan, Dean Clarke (Darragh Markey 80); Jake Keegan.
Substitutes not used: Brian Maher (GK), Michael Barker, James Doona, Graham Kelly, Michael Leahy
Booked: Toner (2)
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare (Sean Gannon 80), Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Dylan Connolly (Dean Jarvis 86), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy (Krisztián Adorján 75); Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Ronan Murray, Georgie Poynton, Georgie Kelly.
Booked: McGrath (18)
Referee: Neil Doyle.