Late Goal Wins All 3 For Lilywhites
Dundalk struck a late late goal to take all three points on Oriel Park against Waterford on Friday evening.
On St. Patrick’s weekend, a 94th minute headed own was enough to give the Lilywhites a deserved victory on the night.
Sean Hoare had the first effort of the night when he headed Michael Duffy’s corner straight at Lawrence Vigouroux before Dane Massey had a shot blocked from an acute angle on the left hand side.
Karolis Chvedukas tried a diving header next however failed to connect while Waterford had their first effort of the night when Derek Daly lifted the ball over the back pedalling Gary Rogers however it was sent wide of the target.
Sander Puri found him through on goal moments later however Chris Shields produced a superb sliding tackle just as he was about to pull the trigger and the chance was gone.
Stanley Aborah had a shot from distance blocked down well by Daniel Cleary and at the other end, the Lilywhites should have taken the lead when a superb reverse pass from Jamie McGrath found the waiting Chvedukas however Vigouroux produced a stunning stop to deny the Lithuanian international.
Robbie Benson got on the end of Duffy’s cross but he scuffed his chance when the goal was there for him and Massey struck once more but it was well saved by the goalkeeper down to his left.
While it was scoreless at the break, the hosts almost opened the scoring when Duffy’s shot was expertly saved by Vigouroux but the rebound fell to Massey with an open goal but his right footed effort somehow went over the bar.
Dundalk did have the ball in the net when Hoban tapped home however he was standing in an offside position Jamie McGrath had a shot parried by the goalkeeper.
The game then descended into some scrappiness however Ronan Murray almost made an instant impact when his cross found the head of Hoban however it went over the bar.
Waterford had two glorious chances to take the lead next John Martin was through on goal however Rogers did superbly well to block the effort to safety. In the next attack Gavan Holohan found himself free in the box however he snatched at the ball and hit it wide.
A Massey cross fell to substitute Marco Tagbajumi when Murray failed to control it but his goalbound effort was blocked wide. From Benson’s corner Hoare headed straight at the goalkeeper as the game approached the closing stages.
Hoare picked the ball up 30 yards from goal when returning Stephen O’Donnell had a shot blocked down however it went high and wide.
O’Donnell looked like he was going to get a chance to be the hero when Cleary’s cross fell to him however Holohan did well to nick it away.
With time almost up and the match heading for a goalless draw, Duffy went raiding down the left hand side and got to the byline. He stood his cross up and it was met by the head of Barnett it seemed and went past Vigouroux to finally break Waterford’s resistance.
What a finish and what a win as Stephen Kenny’s men drew level with their opponents in the table.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields (Stephen O’Donnell 84), Karolis Chvedukas (Ronan Murray 71); Jamie McGrath (Marco Tagbajumi 79), Robbie Benson, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen Folan, Dylan Connolly, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Cleary (26)
Sent off: None.
WATERFORD: Lawrence Vigouroux; John Kavanagh, Kenny Browne, Dave Webster, Garry Comerford; Sander Puri, Gavan Holohan (capt), Dean O’Halloran, Derek Daly (John Martin 66), Dylan Barnett; Stanley Aborah (Paul Keegan 76).
Substitutes not used: Niall Corbet (GK), Shane Griffin, Justin Croke, Dean Walsh, Fasyel Kasmi.
Sent off: None.
Referee: Rob Harvey