Lilywhites Defeat Bohs At Oriel
Dundalk returned to the top of the SSE Airtricity League on Sunday evening with a 2-0 win over Bohemians.
Goals in either half from Sean Hoare and Patrick Hoban gave the Lilywhites all three points at Oriel.
It was Bohemians who had the first effort of the game when Daniel Kelly found space for himself in front of goal but his effort was expertly saved by Gary Rogers.
Ditarragh Leahy was next as he connected excellently on the volley with his left foot however it was straight at Rogers once more.
Dundalk responded well and after a few threatening crosses, Michael Duffy rode a few challenges before curling an outstanding effort towards goal however it went just wide.
Robbie Benson provided the cross to Patrick Hoban however he couldn’t get enough power in his header and the chance went.
The Lilywhites almost took the lead when Benson robbed the ball 30 yards from goal and declined an offer to shoot and slipped in Hoban. He turned two Bohs defenders brilliantly however he blazed the ball over from just outside the area.
The breakthrough did come just after the half hour mark when Duffy’s superb corner was met by the head of Sean Hoare and he guided it past Shane Supple in goal.
Jamie McGrath had an effort blocked just before the end of the half however Dundalk went in deservedly in front at the break.
Chris Shields opened the second half with a shot however it was easy for Supple while Hoban then raided down on goal however as he was about to shoot he was brilliantly dispossessed.
It would be 2-0 moments later when some superb interplay between Duffy and Dean Jarvis saw the latter dance past two defenders before being brought down in the box leaving referee Robert Hennessy with no choice but to point to the spot.
Up stepped Hoban and he sent Supple the wrong way to net his 23rd goal of the campaign.
Shields did well at the other end to prevent Bohs pulling one back before he played an outstanding through ball into the box but Hoban, on the slide, couldn’t beat the on rushing Supple.
Brian Gartland almost found the net when he had a free header however he could only direct if wide from Duffy’s corner.
Substitute Patrick McEleney, making his league return, waded through the Bohs defence and unleashed a powerful shot but it was blocked clear.
Benson engineered space for himself on the right hand side of the box and lined up a volley however his shot was well parried away by Supple to maintain the score a 2-0.
Bohs saw more of the ball as the game approached the closing stages. Ian Morris struck the sidenetting for Bohemians from Keith Ward’s free-kick and Keith Buckley struck from the edge of the area but it was easily gathered by Rogers.
Hoare was hungry for his second of the night and he landed forward from his right back position however his effort with the outside of the right foot went inches wide from the edge of the area.
Danny Grant thought he had found sighting for a shot on goal however it was deflected into the path of Rogers before Hoban was teed up by some trickery from McEleney however he fired well over the bar from the edge of the area.
Georgie Kelly was introduced in the final stages of the match and his movement caused problems for the visitors and he almost got his head in front of Supple from an outstanding McEleney cross.
Bohs had a strong end to the game and former Lilywhite Keith Ward drove towards the box before firing towards goal and with Rogers beaten it struck the inside of the post.
The ball back in wasn’t dealt with properly and it fell to Buckley who caught it on the volley but Cleary was there to clear off the line.
Duffy showed some superb skill to create space for himself centrally and he slipped it through to Kelly but Supple stood tall to pull off a great save with his left foot.
Duffy himself then played a neat one two with McEleney before driving the ball towards goal but it was comfortable for Supple.
That proved to be the final action of the night as referee Hennessy blew the full-time whistle to send the Lilywhites 1 clear a the summit.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dean Jarvis; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (Karolis Chvedukas 75); Dylan Connolly (Patrick McEleney 59), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 85).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), John Mountney, Dane Massey, Ronan Murray.
Sent off: None.
BOHEMIANS: Shane Supple; Darragh Leahy, Ian Morris, Andy Lyons, Dan Casey; Oscar Brennan (Dan Byrne 57), JJ Lunney (Keith Ward 59), Keith Buckley, Daniel Kelly, Kevin Devaney; Dinny Corcoran (Danny Grant 75).
Substitutes not used: Sean Bohan (GK), Paddy Kavanagh, Patrick Kirk, Eoghan Stokes.
Booked: Morris (44)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Robert Hennessy