Monaghan United 3-2 Dundalk
Dundalk’s hopes of an automatic promotion place took a knock yesterday in a fiercely contested local derby away to Monaghan Utd. Despite leading twice Dundalk hit the self-destruct button in spectacular style and ended the game with only 9 men. John Whyte seen red for the second time this season in the 75th minute when he brought down an attacking Monaghan player. He was followed two minutes from full time by Paul Campbell, who received his marching orders for dissent.
The picture had looked a lot different at half-time when Dundalk went in winning 1-0, thanks to Derek Delany’s first goal for the club right on the stroke of half time. Monaghan, however, were back on level terms just 10 minutes after the restart with a goal from the League’s joint top scorer, Andy Mylar. The game was ultimately to be decided in a 15 minute spell shortly after this. John Flanagan restored Dundalk’s lead on 60 minutes. Again Dundalk were unable to keep the lead, this time Smith scoring in the 69th minute. The sending off of Whyte was compounded when Andy Myler scored his second goal from a free kick.
This result means that even 4 wins from the last 4 games will not guarantee Dundalk an automatic promotion place. Dundalk must now rely upon either (or both) Longford and Bray to drop points. Longford are perhaps the most likely to do so. They showed signs of slipping up when they lost at home to St. Francis on Saturday night.
Dundalk: Connolly, Whyte, Crawley, Melvin, Gollogly, Campbell, Flanagan, Delany (Hoey 83 mins), Morrisroe (Ward 83 mins),Izzi, Reilly (M. Reid 55 mins).