Lilywhites Defeat Waterford
Dundalk returned to winning ways on Friday evening with a 4-0 victory over Waterford at Oriel Park.
A pair of goals in each half – Patrick Hoban and Sean Murray in the first and Daniel Kelly and Cameron Dummigan, their firsts for the club, in the second – gave the champions a superb win in front of almost 3,000 people on the Carrick Road.
Dundalk had the better of it in the opening stages and almost took the lead in the opening minute when a quick fire attack saw Sean Gannon raid down the right and his cross into the centre of the area was glanced inches wide by the arriving Jamie McGrath.
It would be 1-0 though in the next attack in the eighth minute when Sean Murray put in a wonderful cross and it was met by the stooping head of Patrick Hoban who got his second goal of the campaign.
It was almost 2-0 five minutes later when Brian Gartland knocked down Murray’s corner for Jamie McGrath and he finished however it was ruled out for offside.
McGrath and Murray then combined expertly with slick interchaning passing and the latter finished with the shot which the goalkeeper parried and it almost reached Hoban however after a bit of a tussle the chance went.
Jordan Flores and Daniel Kelly combined next with Kelly’s shot being deflected just wide with the goalkeeper beaten.
Rory Feely had the visitor’s first effort of the evening when he tried his luck from 25 yards on the volley however it flew wide.
Zak Elbouzedi took a shot on the turn after a cross broke to him on the edge of the area however Gary Rogers was equal to it and made a smart save down to his left.
Dundalk made it 2-0 with 35 minutes on the clock.
After breaking a Waterford attack on the halfway line, Flores created space for himself on the left. He crossed and it was only cleared as far as Murray who teed himself up and fired low to the net past Hugo Keto.
Aaron Drinan had a half chance to pull one back for Waterford just before the break however it went wide and the Lilywhites were full value for the lead at half-time.
Dundalk started the second half on the front foot again when Kelly fired towards goal but it was deflected to safety.
Murray then crossed for Hoban who caught the ball on the volley however it was just over the bar.
Rogers then pulled off a stunning save to keep it 2-0 when he got across quickly to deny Drinan’s stinging shot before Ishmahil Akinade glanced the ball just wide of the target from Elbouzedi’s corner.
Jamie McGrath and Dane Massey linked up well on the left before the latter had a shot go wide however it would be 3-0 in the 57th minute.
A wonderful move from Dundalk saw Sean Hoare exchange passes with Gannon and finally McGrath who played a wonderful ball in behind to Daniel Kelly who fired confidently to the net past Keto.
Shane Duggan responded for Waterford with a long range effort however it didn’t threaten Rogers.
Daniel Cleary then came to the rescue when he cleared off the line following Rory Feely getting in at the back post and beyond Rogers before Damien Delaney fired over the bar from close range after Scott Twine’s corner.
The champions almost made it 4-0 with 5 minutes remaining. Joe McKee’s free-kick wasn’t cleared properly by Waterford and it fell to Hoare who struck the post with a superb half volleyed effort. The follow up fell to McKee once more and he got a superb cross in for Hoare again however the ball was blocked.
It was 4-0 in the next final minute however when a ball forward from Gartland wasn’t dealt with properly and Georgie Kelly did superbly well to retrieve it. He shot and it was blocked down by Delaney however it fell to Cameron Dummigan at the edge of the area and he coolly stroked the ball home to the bottom left corner.
That proved to be the final action as Dundalk were stylish 4-0 winners against the Blues.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Sean Murray, Sean Hoare; Daniel Kelly (Joe McKee 79), Jamie McGrath, Jordan Flores (Cameron Dummigan 76); Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 84).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Stephen Folan, Dylan Hand, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Hoare (44)
Sent off: None.
WATERFORD: Hugo Keto; Rory Feely, Maxim Kougoun, Damien Delaney (capt), Kevin Lynch, Bastien Hery, Shane Duggan (Corey Galvin 64), Jonathan Lunney; Aaron Drinan (Dean Walsh 73), Ishmahil Akinade (Scott Twine 64), Zak Elbouzedi.
Substitutes not used: Matt Connor (GK), John Martin, Shane Griffin, Georgie Poynton.
Booked: None. None.
Referee: Rob Harvey