Lilywhites Seal First Victory Of 2018
Dundalk picked up their first three points of the season in style as they defeated Limerick 8-0 at Oriel Park on a wintry Tuesday night.
Patrick Hoban and Michael Duffy scored braces while goals from Robbie Benson, Stephen Folan, Karolis Chvedukas, and Dylan Connolly sealed Dundalk’s first win of the 2018 campaign.
It was a lightning start from the Lilywhites and after Duffy shot inches wide of the post with the first attack they took the lead on 7 minutes.
Ronan Murray played a perfectly weighted ball across goal and it was Patrick Hoban who slid in to find the net expertly to get his first goal back in Dundalk colours.
On 10 minutes it was 2-0 when Robbie Benson played a superb one-two with Murray before curling perfectly to the bottom corner past the reach of Brendan Clarke.
Murray then threatened the goal when things opened up for him 20 yards from goal but his drive was easily gathered by Clarke.
It was all one way traffic in the first half and it was duly 3-0 on 26 when Hoban jinked past two defenders before firing low to the bottom corner to get his second of the night.
Duffy had a shot in attempt to add to the lead however it was saved by Clarke while Benson also warmed the gloves of the net minder with an easy save from distance.
Duffy again was causing problems but his cross was met by Murray who couldn’t direct the ball goalwards.
Duffy did turn provider just before the half-time break when his corner was powered to the net by Stephen Folan who netted his first competitive goal for the club after having a fine goal scoring pre-season.
Dundalk continued their attacking form in the second half with Duffy threatening again from an acute angle before Hoban almost, almost completed the hat-trick but his stinging drive came back off the post from the edge of the area.
Clarke denied Hoban the hat-trick with a stunning save from close range before Murray forced another good save from the goalkpeeer with a looping header.
It would be 5-0 just after the hour mark when new signing, Karolis Chvedukas, scored on his competitive debut for the club when he fired home from the edge of the box after Murray’s shot rebounded off the post.
Duffy got the goal he deserved with the next attack when he showed quick feet and danced past three defenders and fired home from just inside the box to Clarke’s left side.
Marco Tagbajumi had a shot saved by Clarke also as he found space 25 yards from goal while Limerick had their only chance of note during the contest when Mark O’Sullivan’s header was brilliantly saved by Gary Rogers from close range.
Murray again tried his luck but Clarke once more was equal to it however it would be seven when Dylan Connolly’s rampaging run took him through the heart of the defence and past Clarke and he finished to the net brilliantly.
Dundalk would indeed score again before the final whistle as Connolly raided down the right and his pull back found Duffy at the back post and he hit the net with the last kick of the 90.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields (Karolis Chvedukas 60), Robbie Benson (Krisztian Adorján 75); Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 67).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Sean Hoare, Jamie McGrath, Dean Jarvis.
Booked: Cleary (33)
Sent off: None.
LIMERICK: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Darren Dennehy, Colm Walsh-O’Loughlen, Killian Cantwell; William Fitzgerald, Shane Duggan (capt), Shane Tracey, Billy Dennehy, Eoin Wearen (Tony Whitehead 60); Connor Ellis (Mark O’Sullivan 60)
Substitutes not used: Tommy Holland (GK), Killian Brouder, Alan Murphy, Jeff McGowan.
Booked: Kelly (83), O’Sullivan (88)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Paul Tuite.