Pat Hoban celebrates his opener against UCD
Dundalk’s title challenge stepped up a notch last night as a 2-0 win over UCD at Belfield saw them move top of the table.
Stephen Kenny’s side climbed to the summit of the table courtesy of goals from Pat Hoban and Richie Towell, with St Patrick’s Athletic dropping two points following a 1-1 draw with Bohemians.
The Inchicore men remain Dundalk’s main title rivals, however, and can take back their position at the top of the table with either a win or a draw against Derry City in their game in hand next week.
A frustrating opening to the game saw the Lilywhites having to wait until the 67th minute to open the scoring, with UCD’s Michael Kelly bizaarely sent off on the hour mark.
Good work on the left by Stephen O’Donnell saw him play a great ball into Hoban, who calmly slotted past Ger Barron.
The victory was then assured in the 83rd minute with a superb strike from Towell from the edge of the area.
Dundalk’s next outing is on Sunday week at home to neighbours Drogheda Utd.
UCD: Ger Barron, Gareth Mathews, David O’Connor, Michael Leahy (Michael Kelly 57), Tomás Boyle, Robbie Creevy, Craig Walsh (Barry McCabe 87), Samir Belhout (Cillian Morrisson 55), Robbie Benson, Dean Clarke, Seán Russell
Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Chris Shields, Stephen O’Donnell, Patrick Hoban (Vinny Faherty 87), Kurtis Byrne (Tiarnan Mulvenna 80), Dane Massey (Jordan Keegan 89), Richie Towell, Mark Rossiter, Darren Meenan.