Dundalk had to battle hard but they eventually broke down the Finn Harps rear guard in order to secure a confident boosting win in Oriel Park. Robbie Benson, David McMillan, Patrick McEleney and Jamie McGrath all scored in a astute second half for Du
Dundalk had to battle hard but they eventually broke down the Finn Harps rear guard in order to secure a confident boosting win in Oriel Park. Robbie Benson, David McMillan, Patrick McEleney and Jamie McGrath all scored in a astute second half for Dundalk.
The opening gambit came from the visitors when winger Sean Houston cut down the right hand side and he took a high shot on Rogers who gathered on the second attempt. It was all one way traffic with Dundalk laying siege on the Finn Harps defence with McMillan, McEleney, Benson and Stewart all going close for the home side in a frustrating first half for the home side.
The best of those chances came right at the end of the first half that brought the crowd to their feet, McMillan took the down the ball brilliantly and skipped past the defence, he slammed it past only for it to go wide.
The second half saw the Lilywhites turn those chances in goals with the deadlock breaking with Robbie Benson tapping home from a shot taken by Massey which Gallagher could only parry. Moments later McMillan got his just rewards with a fantastic turn and pace to beat the Gallagher to add a second.
Patrick McEleney's goals this season have been very special and tonights was just as good with a brilliant deft touch and chip over Gallagher to send Oriel into raptures. The goals were not finished yet with a brilliant move from Dundalk down the right and an even better clinical finish from the Jamie McGrath who sent it into the top corner.
This win sees ten goals in two game for Dundalk as the champions find their scoring touch again, most important is that Dundalk's defence saw the welcome return of Brian Gartland who has brought some added steal and experience to the defence.