Lilywhites Continue Build-Up With Confident Display Against Bohemians
Dundalk continued their build-up to the resumption of the SSE Airtricity League season with a 4-1 win over Bohemians in a behind closed door friendly at Oriel Park on Tuesday night.
A first-half Jordan Flores penalty was added to in the second half by full-backs Dane Massey and Sean Gannon with a Patrick Hoban header. Promise Omochere pulled one back in the final minute of normal time for Bohemians however it wasn’t enough and the Lilywhites take their first friendly win in two outings.
The match followed a similar pattern to last Friday with both sides struggling to gain the upper hand early on.
Daniel Cleary had the first real effort of the opening exchanges when he got his head on the end of Michael Duffy’s corner however he looped it over the bar.
Dundalk were awarded a penalty when Duffy’s hooked cross came back into the box and was handled by Kris Twardek and the referee pointed to the spot.
Jordan Flores stepped up and fired the ball to the net sending James Talbot the wrong way.
It was scrappy after that but Duffy found himself in space in the box and linked up well with Daniel Kelly, who got a good cross in from the right, but the Derry man fired straight at Talbot.
Bohs had more action in the game after that when Keith Ward shot from the edge of the area but he curled his effort wide while Andre Wright met Ward’s cross but the striker couldn’t get enough on the ball to send it goalwards.
It was 1-0 at the break but Dundalk were quick to reassert their dominance after half-time.
Will Patching’s free-kick was blocked by Talbot into the path of Duffy and then Sloggett but both were eventually cleared despite being under pressure.
Georgie Kelly forced a good save from Talbot as he shot from a tight angle and that provided a corner to the hosts.
It was from this kick that the Lilywhites would double their advantage.
Duffy’s pinpoint corner was to Massey and his initial shot wasn’t dealt with well by Talbot, who pushed it back to the number 14 and he emphatically finished to the net from close range.
Wright had a couple of chances for Bohemians however it would be 3-0 just before the hour mark.
Gannon would be released on the right, in behind the high Bohemians line, and he calmly slotted past the onrushing Talbot to make it 3-0.
Nathan Oduwa caused problems when he was introduced for Duffy and it was his trickery and quick feet which created an opening for him to cross to the back post. Fellow substitute Patrick Hoban was there and his header was saved by Talbot and it fell to the striker once again but he fired well over the bar from point-blank range.
A cross from Josh Gatt caused panic and was tipped over the bar by Talbot which led to the fourth goal.
The corner kick from John Mountney was powered to the net by number 9 Patrick Hoban and he gave the goalkeeper no chance.
Hoban almost got his second as he was fed by Oduwa but it was closed down before Stefan Colovic’s snapshot had Talbot scrambling in the 88th minute.
Promise Omochere pulled one back after a shot was blocked into his path however that would be the final action and Dundalk were 4-1 winners on the night.
DUNDALK FC: Aaron McCarey; Sean Gannon (Cameron Dummigan), Daniel Cleary (John Mountney), Andy Boyle (Josh Gatt), Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Darragh Leahy), Jordan Flores (Will Patching); Daniel Kelly (Stefan Colovic), Greg Sloggett (Taner Dogan), Michael Duffy (Nathan Oduwa); Georgie Kelly (Patrick Hoban). Subs not used: Andrew Quinn, Gary Rogers (GK), Jimmy Corcoran (GK).
BOHEMIANS: James Talbot; Andy Lyons (Anto Breslin), Rob Cornwall (Ciaran Kelly), Dan Casey (Michael Barker); Paddy Kirk (Ross Tierney); Kris Twardek, Keith Ward (Keith Buckley), Conor Levingston (JJ Lunney), Dawson Devoy (Danny Mandroiu), Danny Grant (Glen McCauley); Andre Wright (Promise Omachere). Sub not used: Stephen McGuinness (GK).
REFEREE: Rob Hennessy.
Pictures: Ben McShane/Sportsfile