Georgie Bags a Brace Against Athlone
Georgie Kelly helped himself to a brace as Dundalk ran out 4-2 winners against Athlone Town in an entertaining clash at Oriel Park on Monday evening.
It was a scrappy opening with Dundalk edging it on possession and they duly took the lead in the 14th minute.
Joshua Gatt’s thunderous strike almost broke the crossbar and it rebounded to John Mountney who crossed for Kelly and his header found the corner past Myles.
It was 2-0 shortly after when a superb cross on the run from Cameron Dummigan was swept to the net by Kelly for his second.
Shane Nealon had a chance to pull one back for Athlone when he found himself through on goal but he fluffed his lines.
It would be 2-1 though just after the half hour mark when Oisin Duffy glanced a header to the net giving Aaron McCarey no chance.
Kelly had a chance to complete his hat-trick just before the break but he volleyed over the bar from the edge of the area.
It would be 3-1 before half-time though when Gavin Kilkenny’s lofted through ball found John Mountney, who broke the offside trap, and he calmly slotted to the net past the goalkeeper.
Kelly had a chance just after the break to net his hat-trick when Oduwa played him in but he was again denied.
From the following corner though it would be 4-1.
Mountney played a superb ball to the centre of the box with Taner Dogan there to head home.
Athlone pulled another back when John Morgan got in behind and fired well past McCarey.
Substitute Luke Hennessy had a shot from the edge of the box saved while Kelly had the ball in the net but he was ruled offside.
That proved to be the final action of night as we roll on to Longford tomorrow evening.
DUNDALK FC: Aaron McCarey; Cameron Dummigan (Thomas Daly 58), Christian Jones, Andrew Quinn, Jarlath Jones; Will Patching, Taner Dogan; Joshua Gatt (Ronan Kilkenny 28), John Mountney (Jeff Nwodo 58), Nathan Oduwa (Luke Hennessy 58); Georgie Kelly.
ATHLONE TOWN: Aaron Myles; Ross O’Brien, Scott Delaney, Shane Nealon, Ciaran Grogan; Mark Hanratty, Oisin Duffy, Donal Curtin, Ross O’Brien; Val Adedokun, John Morgan. Subs: Jimmy Corcoran (GK), Aaron McBride, Edward McCarthy, Jordan Carroll, Reyon Dillon, Cian Murphy, Dale Holland.