Wednesday 24 April 2019

Dundalk clinical as Keohane lifts Cork

Strike: Hoban celebrates
Strike: Hoban celebrates

Dundalk dispatched a struggling Limerick side at Markets Field last night to maintain their advantage at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

The Lilywhites sprung out of the blocks purposefully against a team that had tasted defeat to Sligo Rovers here on Saturday - 24 hours after Dundalk's laboured win in Bray.

Pat Hoban and John Mountney struck in that encounter, and they were on target again before the interval. It was the latter that broke the deadlock in his 150th league outing for the Lilywhites, rising highest to dispatch a Michael Duffy cross after only eight minutes.

The clincher came on the half hour mark with a mazy Robbie Benson and cross leaving Hoban with a simple task.

Dundalk had knocked eight past Limerick in their previous meeting at Oriel Park and that never looked likely here with the stiff breeze an obstacle to flowing attacking play.

But Michael Duffy completed Dundalk's night's work with a third goal in the 54th minute.

Meanwhile, at Turner's Cross, a late goal from sub Jimmy Keohane ensured Cork City made it five home wins from five.

The Rebel Army had to wait until 12 minutes from time but Keohane, not long on the pitch, did the needful against his former club.

A very different game would have materialised had City's Graham Cummins been able to send Colm Horgan's cross to the net in the second minute, but Sligo goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney pulled off an outstanding save.

Cork did offer more of a threat for the rest of the half. However, they found the Sligo defence difficult to penetrate.

Sligo had a chance on the resumption, Greg Moorhouse's header saved by Mark McNulty but Cork had the better of the chances, and Keohane - brought on for Gearóid Morrissey - made the biggest impact.

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