A Daniel Kelly hat trick was the toast of Oriel Park as Vinny Perth's side turned what was a pivotal week into a great one following a victory over Finn Harps. Vinny Perth was acutely aware of the necessity of not dropping any more points in his qu
A Daniel Kelly hat trick was the toast of Oriel Park as Vinny Perth's side turned what was a pivotal week into a great one following a victory over Finn Harps.
Vinny Perth was acutely aware of the necessity of not dropping any more points in his quest of retaining the SSE Airtricity League, but also to show fans that this is his Dundalk team.
They showed that in droves tonight with an attacking style of play that not only was executed brilliantly, but it was also done that had the fans on the edge of their seats.
Despite the early set back with the injury to captain Brian Gartland who went off after eight minutes, Dundalk clicked into fifth gear and only for some resolute Finn Harps defending the opening goal would have come soon.
In added on time in the first half Michael Duffy squared the ball to Daniel Kelly whose let fly an unstoppable shot which substitutes keeper Peter Burke had no chance.
If the first was good the second was better, once again Duffy was the provider and he laid the ball to Kelly who rifled his effort into the top corner. Finn Harps continued to press and had chances with McAleer and posing a threat from Daniel O'Reilly from set pieces.
However, Daniel Kelly landed the killer blow in the 82nd minute when a beautifully weighted pass from Hoban saw a quick exchange from both Gannan and Kelly and the winger did the rest to take the ball home for the mantlepiece.
Dundalk's PA Micky Duffy commented at full time that Dundalk has been 'resurrected' you would feel that analogy could be more pivotal than you think.