Hoban Double Seals Win Over Crusaders
Dundalk were 2-1 victors over Crusaders at Seaview on Monday evening.
David Cushley gave the hosts the lead however Patrick Hoban scored in either half to give us a 2-1 win.
Dundalk fell behind in the opening five minutes when a quick break ended with David Cushley finishing smartly from close range past the reach of Aaron McCarey.
Daniel Kelly had two quickfire chances but were over the bar with Patrick Hoban’s cross causing panic from close range but it was cleared after intervention of Sean O’Neill.
O’Neill was powerless in the 24th minute when new signing Cammy Smith raided through on goal and found Patrick Hoban. He fired beautifully past the goalkeeper to the net to level things at 1-1.
Kelly then had a shot from just outside the box but it crashed off the crossbar with Smith then firing from similar distance but his effort was charged down just before the break.
It was almost 2-1 straight after the break when Sean Murray’s cross was met by Michael Ruddy but it came crashing off the post.
Hoban then made it 2-1 when Murray’s corner found his head and he guided it into the bottom corner past the sprawling O’Neill.
Reece McGinley almost responded for Crusaders with a low shot which forced Aaron McCarey into a smart save down to his right and the goalkeeper was forced into action once more with Cushley shooting straight at him.
It was a scrappy affair for the closing stages with both sides struggling for control of the ball.
Lido almost made it 3-1 but O’Neill denied him while at the other end McCarey produced a superb double save to ensure that we stayed in front.
That proved to be the final action of note as both sides played out the remainder of the 90 minutes and the Lilywhites secured the win.
CRUSADERS: Sean O’Neill; Michael Ruddy, Howard Beverland, Billy Joe Burns, Cameron Dummigan; Rory Hale, Chris Hegarty; Paul McElroy, Tom Mathieson, David Cushley, Reece McGinley.
DUNDALK: Aaron McCarey; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey; Sean Murray (Ronan Kilkenny 55), Taner Dogan, Jordan Flores; Daniel Kelly (Jamie Wynne 66), Cammy Smith (Mark Hanratty HT), Lido Lotefa; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Jamie Barry (GK)