Shields goal ensures Dundalk’s path into Setanta Cup final

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC last night booked themselves a place in next month’s Setanta Sports Cup final against Sligo Rovers with a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park last night.

Chris Shields’ goal two minutes into the second half proved the difference between the sides on the night, with the Lilywhites advancing to the final on Saturday May 10th with a 3-1 aggregate lead having beaten Trevor Croly’s side 2-1 in Tallaght three weeks earlier.

Dundalk had the better of the chances throughout but did have to defend resolutely at times to keep the Hoops out.

The home side’s best opening of the first half came on the half hour mark when Andy Boyle headed a corner over. Five minutes before the break through, Peter Cherrie had to be at his best to keep a deflected shot from Ronan Finn out.

The breakthrough finally arrived two minutes after the restart when Shields met Ruaidhrí Higgins’ free at the back post to prod it home past Craig Hyland.

Both sides had their chances after that with John Mountney bringing a fine low save out of Hyland before Karl Sheppard blazed over from close range.

Rovers kept pressing until the end but never really troubled Cherrie as Stephen Kenny’s side held out to book the club only their second ever Setanta Cup final appearance.

The venue for the May 10th final will be decided on Thursday while the fixture means that Dundalk’s scheduled league clash at home to neighbours Drogheda Utd on May 9th will have to be arranged.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Boyle, Rossiter, Massey; Shields, Higgins; Mountney, Towell (O’Donnell 88), Horgan (Meenan 77); McMillan (Hoban 70).

Shamrock Rovers: Hyland; Cornwall, Heaney (Kehoe 76), Kenna, Byrne; Finn (Kilduff 76), Robinson, Bayly, Waters (Brennan 69); Zayed, Sheppard.

Referee: Raymond Crangle.

Attendance: 1,976.

Dundalk launch student offer for Shamrock Rovers matches this week

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Dundalk are running two superb offers for primary school kids and secondary students ahead of this week’s two matches against Shamrock Rovers.

Stephen Kenny’s side take on the Tallaght outfit in the second leg of the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final on Tuesday night at Oriel Park before hosting them again in the league on Friday.

For the semi-final tie, which Dundalk hold a 2-1 first leg advantage in, the club are offering free admission to all children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by an adult while those aged between 12-18 will get a discount entry of just €5.

The same offer will also apply for the league match on Good Friday.

Further details on www.dundalkfc.com

 

 

Dundalk go top after victory over UCD

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table with a 4-1 win away to UCD at the UCD Bowl in Dublin.

With Cork City being held at home to Sligo Rovers and both Drogheda Utd and Shamrock Rovers losing their respective games, the result meant that Stephen Kenny’s side go two points clear.

Dundalk had to come from behind to claim the win, however, after the Students took the lead through Gary Burke on 23 minutes.

Patrick Hoban ensured the sides went off level at the break though as he glanced home a Daryl Horgan cross two minutes before half-time to leave it 1-1 at the interval.

Captain Stephen O’Donnell then put his side ahead in the 58th minute after racing on to Hoban’s knockdown and in less than two minutes the game was effectively over as a contest when a game of ping-pong inside the six yard box resulted in the ball cannoning off Mark Langtry and into his own net for an own goal.

Things then went from bad to worse for the home side when Hugh Douglas was shown a straight red card on 75 minutes after hauling down Hoban as he raced through on goal.

Hoban would have the last laugh, however, as he turned home David McMillan’s cross four minutes from the end to complete a fine win for the Lilywhites.

UCD: Conor O’Donnell; Gareth Matthews, Hugh Douglas, Tomas Boyle, Mark Langtry; Samir Belhout, Robert Benson, Gary Burke, Robbie Creevy, Chris Mulhall (Thomas O’Halloran, 80); Cillian Morrison (James Kavanagh, 81).

DUNDALK: Peter Cherrie, Sean Gannon, Andy Boyle, Mark Rossiter, Dane Massey; Kurtis Byrne (David McMillan, 84), Chris Shields, Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell (Ruaidhri Higgins, 68), Daryl Horgan (Darren Meenan, 79); Patrick Hoban.

Referee: Robert Rogers (Dublin).

 

Kick-off time changed for Dundalk’s trip to Athlone on Easter Monday

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk’s clash with Athlone Town in Athlone Stadium on Easter Monday will now kick-off at 5pm.

The game on April 21st had originally been pencilled in for 7.45pm but has been brought forward to accommodate fans travelling to the game.

Dundalk are next in action on Friday night when they travel to the UCD Bowl to take on UCD.

Gannon’s wonder goal earns international plaudits

Sean Gannon’s goal at the end of Dundalk’s 4-1 win over St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night has gone global after being named in The Guardian’s best goals of the week column.

The 36-pass move, which involved every outfield player before being finished from an acute angle on the right by the full back, is listed amongst strikes from the likes of former Derry City star Niall McGinn, Alessandro Del Piero and Wesley Sneijder.

To date around 17,000 people have viewed Gannon’s strike but that figure is expected to rocket after going global, with people mentioning it as far away as Australia.

Check out the goal for yourself above if you haven’t seen it. You can also view the other goals of the week here.

Dundalk striker Hoban insists he never set out to hurt Derry’s McBride

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Pat Hoban after collecting the SWAI Player of the Month award last season

Dundalk striker Pat Hoban has taken to Twitter to insist he did not mean to intentionally hurt Derry City defender Ryan McBride in last night’s 3-0 victory at Oriel Park.

The pair clashed heads in the 29th minute with a 13 minute stoppage ensuing as both players required treatement.

McBride by far came out worse from the incident though having swallowed his tongue before being stretchered off and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

After the game, a number of Candystripes fans took to Twitter to hit out at Hoban with threats and abuse towards the Galway native.

The situation wasn’t helped by an interview which Derry City boss Roddy Collins gave after the game, in which he branded Hoban as “cowardly”.

“I believe he done him,” said the Derry boss before adding that he felt the referee Tom Connolly “bottled it” by not sending off the striker, who had already been booked for an earlier challenge on the defender.

Commenting on Twitter this morning, Hoban explained that he was jumping in the air to contest the ball and didn’t mean to hurt anyone.

He said: “To say I went on to the pitch to hurt some1 is beyond ridiculous contesting for the ball nothing more. Hope Mcbride is okay #speedyrecovery.”

Dundalk go joint top with victory over Derry City

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved joint top of the Premier Division table with a 3-0 win at home to Derry City at Oriel Park last night.

The result saw the Lilywhites leapfrog their way into second place, just behind Cork City on goal difference although the Leesiders do have a game in hand.

Goals from Brian Gartland, Richie Towell and David McMillan in the second half proved the difference on the night as Stephen Kenny’s side followed up on their superb 4-1 win away to St Patrick’s Athletic last Friday.

Despite dominating from the off, the home side never really troubled Gerard Doherty in the Derry goals.

Indeed, the only time the Candystripes keeper was called into action in the first-half was in stoppage time when he turned an Andy Boyle header around the post.

Derry appeared happy to try and frustrate their opponents but their momentum was disrupted just shy of the half hour mark when Ryan McBride went down following a clash of heads with Patrick Hoban and required 13 minutes of treatment on the field before being stretchered off.

Dundalk continued to press in the second half and finally found the breakthrough in the 63rd minute when Gartland headed home a corner for his second goal of the season.

Towell then doubled his side’s advantage in the 74th minute when he finished in style after a fantastic break out of defence.

Substitute McMillan then made sure of the win a minute from time by firing home from an acute angle to complete the victory.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields; Byrne (Meenan 76), O’Donnell, Towell, Horgan; Hoban (McMillan 56) Subs not used: Higgins, Griffin, Kelly, Rossiter, Sava.

Derry City: Doherty, Collins, McBride (Jarvis 42), Byrne, Barry; Ventre, McGovern; Stewart (Curran 63), Molloy, Timlin (Duffy HT); Curran. Subs not used: S McEleney, P McEleney, Patterson, Gallagher.

Referee: Tomás Connolly (Dublin).

 

Collins blasts Oriel Park as the “worst pitch in the world” ahead of Derry’s visit to Dundalk

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Derry City boss Roddy Collins has fanned the flames ahead of his side’s visit to face Dundalk tonight by branding the surface at Oriel Park as the “worst pitch in the world.”

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the former Lilywhites player said he expects a “war of attrition” tonight with the game likely to be decided in the closing stages as the Candystripes look to build on their first win of the season against Sligo Rovers on Friday.

“The team that comes out on top tonight will have been the team who have recovered most and didn’t pick up any injuries from Friday night’s games and we had a far tougher game than them obviously, as they won 4-1,” he admitted.

“But it’s going to be a war of attrition for the first hour and the side who are conditioned properly and can sustain things after the war of attrition will, in my opinion, come out on top.

“There won’t be a lot of great football played in that hour. I watched them against Shamrock Rovers in the Setanta Cup and I don’t think there will be a bound of attractive football in that 60 minutes, but then we’ll see who can come out on top after that.”

Collins also criticised the surface at Oriel Park, but said he wouldn’t be using that as a excuse if they don’t get anything from the game.

“It’s the worst pitch in the world, not even in Ireland, but the world, but we won’t be even mentioning it because at the end of the day we are going to have to play on it.

“Look, at the end of the day we know what we have to do, we aren’t conceding a lot of goals. We have conceded from a few set-pieces so we are really, really tight at the back.

“I said before Friday night’s game if we could get four points from our next two games it would be brilliant, if we got six it would be absolute tops, so if we come home with one I wouldn’t be unhappy.”

Derry have doubts over Roddy Collins Jr (dead leg) and central defender David Elebert (groin) but should have Ryan McBride, Patrick McEleney and Barry Molloy all available for selection.

John Mountney and Darren Meenan are slight doubts for Dundalk, who will be looking to build on their impressive 4-1 victory over St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45pm.

Dundalk lay down marker with victory over champions

 

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk laid down a marker for the season as they crushed title holders 4-1 in Richmond Park last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side had fallen behind in the first half with Chris Forrester firing to an empty net after Peter Cherrie was caught out of goal.

Dundalk were back on level terms five minutes after the restart, however, when John Mountney slammed a free-kick to the bottom left hand corner.

Daryl Horgan then put his side ahead with a stunning long range shot to the top right-hand corner that gave Brendan Clarke no chance.

The game then swung dramatically in Dundalk’s favour when Greg Bolger was dismissed with a quarter of an hour to go after lunging in on Andy Boyle.

The points were then sealed late on when David McMillan curled a shot to the bottom corner before Sean Gannon put the icing on the cake in stoppage time with a superb finish across the face of goal to the far corner after getting on the end of Horgan’s cross.

Next up for Dundalk is the visit of Derry City to Oriel Park on Monday night.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien, Kenny Browne, Derek Foran, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne (Sean Hoare, 77), Killian Brennan, Greg Bolger, Mark Quigley (Keith Fahey, 63), Christopher Forrester (Daryl Kavanagh, 73); Christy Fagan. Subs not used: Patrick Jennings (GK), Lee Lynch, James Chambers, Conor McCormack.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; John Mountney (Darren Meenan, 79), Chris Shields, Stephen O’Donnell (Ruaidhri Higgins, 90+3), Richard Towell, Daryl Horgan; Patrick Hoban (David McMillan, 75).  Subs not used: Kurtis Byrne, Mark Griffin, Mark Rossiter, Gabriel Sava (GK).

Referee: Pauric Sutton (Clare)

Attendance: 1,351

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