Lilywhites Finish Season With Draw
Dundalk ended their 2018 season with an entertaining 1-1 draw against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
Dinny Corcoran put the hosts ahead with a smart finish however Daniel Cleary’s bullet header 12 minutes from time earned a point for the champions.
Bohemians were on the front foot from the off when Keith Ward’s free-kick was saved by Gary Rogers and at the other end Patrick McEleney had a shot from distance but Shane Supple gathered easily.
Michael Duffy had a snapshot go just wide of Supple’s post but Bohs were to take the lead with their next attack just before the 20 minute mark.
Keith Buckley took control of the ball and raided forward. He got past Dane Massey on the right and his superb cross found the waiting Dinny Corcoran and he dispatched to the net.
Rogers kept it at 1-0 when he superbly denied Ward first and then the follow up from point blank range to stop Kevin Devaney as he somehow pushed the ball around the post.
Ward again was to test Rogers as he was clear on goal and caught the ball on the volley but the goalkeeper brilliantly saved with his left foot.
Dundalk began to dominate possession as the half went on and Duffy looked like he had found an equaliser however he was brilliantly denied from 6 yards after McEleney’s delightful through ball set him in.
Patrick Hoban had the last meaningful chance of the half when he got his head on the end of Massey’s clever cross but it was easy for Supple.
Corcoran almost got a second immediately after the break when Ward’s superb slide rule pass found him with just Rogers to beat and he did but he found the post instead.
The Lilywhites looked liked they had a chance to get back into the game when Hoban robbed Morris 20 yards from goal and he laid it off for Duffy but his shot was well over the bar.
Corcoran then had a snap shot from the edge of the area go wide and at the other end Connolly couldn’t convert Duffy’s cross at the back post.
McEleney looked like he had a chance to level it when he burst brilliantly through the centre and shot but it was deflected wide.
At the end of a series of corners the Lilywhites did get the equaliser when Duffy found the head of Daniel Cleary and he celebrated his contract extension by powering to the net with a diving header via the arms of Supple.
The champions had the perfect chance to win it in the 90th minute when Duffy found substitute Georgie Kelly but his shot on the turn was deflected into the path of McEleney and with time to pick his spot he blasted over from the edge of the area.
That proved to be the final action of the game as referee Rob Hennessy ended the contest and the match finished in a draw.
BOHEMIANS: Shane Supple; Derek Pender (capt) (Rob Cornwall 75), Dan Casey, Ian Morris, Paddy Kirk; Daniel Kelly (Dan Byrne 90), JJ Lunney, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward (Eoghan Stokes 84), Kevin Devaney; Dinny Corcoran.
Substitutes not used: Colin McCabe (GK), Robbie McCourt, Oscar Brennan, Cristian Magerusan.
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland, Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Stephen O’Donnell (capt) (Georgie Poynton 57), Patrick McEleney; John Mountney (Ronan Murray 71), Dylan Connolly, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 80).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Stephen Folan, Jake O’Connor.
Booked: Poynton (63)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Robert Hennessy