Lilywhites Win On The Road
Dundalk recorded their second win in a row after a 2-0 win at the Brandywell against Derry City.
Goals either side of half-time from Sean Murray and Patrick Hoban were enough to gain a brilliant victory on the road.
It was a quiet opening to the game at the Brandywell with both teams feeling each other out for the most part.
Derry City broke that in the 10th minute when Barry McNamee’s cross from the right caused some amount of panic for Dundalk but after a scramble with Ciaron Harkin and David Parkhouse but the ball went wide.
Dundalk began to get a stronger foothold in the game and after a wonderful move which saw Sean Murray play Dane Massey down the left, his cross found Patrick Hoban and his header seemed destined for the bottom left corner however former Lilywhite Peter Cherrie produced a stunning save to deny him.
McNamee then had a free-kick test the palms of Gary Rogers but the net minder was equal to it as he pushed it over the bar.
Dundalk took the lead just before the 40 minute mark. Michael Duffy got free on the left and crossed however his first attempt came back to him.
He found the chest of Hoban next time who laid it off to Murray. He chested the ball down and caught it sweetly on the volley to find the bottom left hand corner giving Cherrie no chance.
It looked like the hosts would level things up just before half-time when McNamee’s corner went all the way through the six yard area to Ally Gilchrist however he somehow scooped over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
The second half began with Murray almost grabbing his second when Duffy laid the ball back to him in space just on the edge of the area however he pulled the ball wide.
It was 2-0 though in the 52nd minute.
Sean Gannon played a wonderful cross to Hoban and he got his head on the ball before Cherrie however the Scottish native took all of the Galway man and referee Ben Connolly pointed to the spot.
After some lengthy treatment, Cherrie went off for Nathan Gartside however he couldn’t guess right and Hoban scored from the penalty.
It should have been 3-0 with the next attack. A lightning break from Duffy after a cleared Derry City corner saw him run the entire pitch. Instead of shooting, he slid it to substitute Dean Jarvis but he fired over the bar with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Junior Ogedi Uzokwe then had a free-kick for Derry which looked like it was going over the bar however took a wicked dive at the last moment and forced Rogers into a good save.
Rogers once again came to the rescue when he palmed McNamee’s free-kick around the post and then Parkhouse had a header but he couldn’t get it on target when he beat Cleary in the air.
Duffy then broke and got one on one with Gilchrist and tried a curling shot however it went just wide of the right post.
He was closer than McGrath though who had a snap shot from distance but it went well wide.
That proved to be the final action as the Lilywhites took all three points home from Derry.
DERRY CITY: Peter Cherrie (Nathan Gartside 52); Conor McDermott (Eoghan Stokes 78), Darren Cole (Aidy Delap 55), Ally Gilchrist, Ciaran Coll; Eoin Toal, Greg Sloggett, Ciaron Harkin, Barry McNamee (capt), Junior Ogedi Uzokwe; David Parkhouse
Substitutes not used: Ricardo Bruna, Evan Tweed, Josh Kerr, Gianni Seraf.
Booked: McDermott (28), Parkhouse (33)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Sean Hoare, Sean Murray (Dean Jarvis 49); Daniel Kelly (Cameron Dummigan 85), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy (Jordan Flores 90); Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Georgie Kelly, Stephen Folan, Dylan Hand.
Booked: Hoare (34), Cleary (62), Jarvis (68), Gartland (82)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Ben Connolly.