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Friday 15 December 2017

Dundalk go back to top

Dundalk returned to the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table with a 5-1 victory over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.

It took the Lilywhites only two minutes to open the scoring through their talisman Richie Towell. Bray goalkeeper Shane Redmond palmed a Kurtis Byrne effort out to the right and the former Celtic midfielder was on hand to finish from a narrow angle.

Dundalk's second goal arrived in the 25th minute when Redmond got to Darren Meenan's forceful drive but Byrne was in the right place to prod home from close range. The first half finished with the Bray goal under threat again. Towell's pass was lifted brilliantly into Byrne's path by Pat Hoban but his strike whistled just past the post.

The Lilywhites controlled the second half and Hoban added a third before Byrne took his tally to nine in all competitions with a fabulous strike in the 62nd minute.

Ishmahil Akinade pulled one back for Bray in the 82nd minute when he broke the offside trap, but Dundalk responded in style, with Hoban finishing off a well-worked move a minute later.

Meanwhile, Damien Richardson has expressed his delight at taking over as Drogheda United manager.

"I am delighted to become part of Drogheda United. It is a club that holds special memories for me as I made my debut playing for Shamrock Rovers against Drogheda as an 18-year-old in the old Lourdes Stadium," the Dubliner said.

"Although much water has passed under the bridge, it has not diluted my love affair with League of Ireland football."

Richardson's first match in charge of Drogheda will be against UCD at United Park on Friday.

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