Lilywhites Earn Three Points In Bray
Dundalk were 2-0 winners over Bray Wanderers on Friday evening as they recorded a hard fought three points by the seaside.
Goals in either half from Patrick Hoban and John Mountney secured the victory for the Lilywhites in what proved to be a difficult encounter.
It was a lively opening with both sides trading chances. Robbie Benson struck a volley from distance that went well wide however Aaron Greene came closer at the other end when he beat the offside trap after a through ball from Ronan Coughlan however he dragged his shot just wide of Gabriel Sava’s goal when it looked easier to score.
That proved to be somewhat of a wake up call for the Lilywhites as Benson again tried his luck but this time he created space for himself inside the box but he forced a good save from the goalkeeper.
It wouldn’t be too long until Dundalk did indeed take the lead. A corner wasn’t dealt with properly from the left and the ball remained in the box. Patrick Hoban reacted quicker than the defence and caught the ball excellently on the volley to fire it low to the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Robust challenges left both Krisztián Adorján and Michael Duffy requiring treatment but they battled on as the visitors started to control possession heading into the break.
They were caught on the ball though and Greene broke the offside trap again to get in behind and this time his shot was on target but saved by Sava.
Sava was called into action once more when Gary McCabe beat three defenders but the goalkeeper grabbed his goalbound effort down to his left.
Dane Massey had Dundalk’s first effort since they found the net on the stroke of half-time but he fired high and wide over the bar after the ball broke to him on the edge of the Bray Wanderers area.
Massey had the first chance after the re-start when he pulled a shot wide from 30 yards however Sava kept the Lilywhites in front once more when McCabe spotted the netminder off his line and struck from 50 yards however he recovered to push the ball onto the crossbar.
Dan McKenna’s cross caused some problems but Sava again managed to get the ball away before Duffy broke the pressure with a free-kick which went over the bar.
Dundalk settled the game down in the closing stages and they duly added their second when Duffy showed great trickery and quick feet to work his way into the box and he squared for the waiting John Mountney who powered home to the roof of the net in what was the last kick of the game.
BRAY WANDERERS: Aaron Dillon; Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna (capt), Dan McKenna (Jake Kelly 82), Kevin Douglas; Rhys Gorman (Ger Pender 65), Paul O’Conor, Gary McCabe, Corey Galvin (Sean Heaney 75), Aaron Greene; Ronan Coughlan.
Substitutes not used: Evan Moran (GK), Daniel Kelly, Andy McGivern.
Booked: Greene (28)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gabriel Sava; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Jamie McGrath (Stephen O’Donnell 85), Krisztián Adorján (John Mountney 46), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 75).
Substitutes not used: Ross Treacy (GK), Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Shields (21)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Sean Grant