Dundalk silence Harps, Bohs and Bray win
Stephen Kenny’s side open the floodgates in second half at Oriel Park
Richie Towell was at Oriel Park to see his former side win 4-0 against Finn Harps. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho
Dundalk 4 Finn Harps 0
Lady Luck turned her back on Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps at Oriel Park as Dundalk ran out convincing winners in the end.
The teams went in scoreless at the break with the champions left frustrated by a well drilled Harps performance, but once Robbie Benson made the breakthrough with an effort he knew very little about, Dundalk cut loose.
David McMillan missed a gilt-edged chance in first-half stoppage time to put the hosts in front while Ciaran Gallagher also made a number of fine saves.
Benson’s opener proved to be a real moment of good fortune for Stephen Kenny’s side. Dane Massey let fly with a blistering half-volley with the outside of his boot that Gallagher did brilliantly to push away.
Unfortunately for the Harps netminder, the ball cannoned off the face of the Dundalk midfielder and flew into the net.
McMillan pounced on a loose ball to take the ball around Gallagher and steer home from a tight angle four minutes later and goal number three arrived in the 63rd minute, Patrick McEleney drawing rapturous applause with another Goal of the Month contender.
Substitute Jamie McGrath put the icing on the cake with a tidy finish with 10 minutes to go to seal the win.
Dundalk: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Vemmelund, Massey; Benson, O’Donnell (Shields 71); Duffy, McEleney (Kilduff 73), Stewart (McGrath 62);McMillan.
Finn Harps: Gallagher; McNulty, Coll, Cantell, Harkin; McAleer, Boyle, McCourt (Molloy 65), Bonner (Dsane 60), Houston (Millien 73); Morrissey.
Referee: Ben Connolly.
Bohemians 2 Sligo Rovers 0
Ealry and late goals from Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran punished dreadful Sligo defending to give Bohemians victory at Dalymount Park.
The win moves the Gypsies, unbeaten now in four games, up into the top half of the table as Sligo hover above the relegation zone without a win in seven.
Keith Long’s Dubliners’ ended a scrappy start to the game to avail of a shocking howler to take a ninth minute lead. Midfielder Ward was made retake a free kick after he played it short too quickly for Longford referee Ray Matthews.
And at the second time of asking Ward had a go with his dipping shot looking comfortable for Micheal Schlingermann to gather. But somehow the Sligo keeper fumbled the ball which ended up in his net.
Corcoran raced through after Sligo failed to clear skipper Derek Pender’s long ball to calmly slide home his 10th league goal of the season.
Bohemians: Supple; Pender, Byrne, O’Hora, Morris; Sule; Poynton, Brennan, Ward (Gannon, 84), Kavanagh (Fitzgerald, 87); Corcoran (Akinade, 90+1).
Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan McFadden, Donelon; Boylan; ; Ayunga (Place, 86), Kearns (Martin, 63), Russell, Sadlier; Cretaro.
Referee: Ray Matthews (Longford).
Galway United 1 Bray Wanderers 2
Bray Wanderers were on a terrible run before victory over Derry City last time out and Anto Flood’s opening goal set up another win at Eamonn Deacy Park which means they are right back in the race for second place.
Last Friday’s 3-2 success was Bray’s first league win in six games and was another huge step in the right direction.
Gary McCabe fed ex-Galway striker Flood to finish past Conor Winn in the 18th minute, and then nine minutes later Salmon doubled their lead.
He latched onto a cross from Keith Buckley to push his side 2-0 up and they held that lead until the interval. Galway had their chances at the start of the second-half and Stephen Folan headed a goal in the 78th minute but it was too late.
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).