Dun­dalk notchup fourthderby win to keep the chase alive

Kin­sella marks his first league start for Dun­dalk by open­ing the scor­ing

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

The cham­pagne re­mains on ice in Cork af­ter Dun­dalk claimed their fourth derby win of the sea­son against Drogheda United at Oriel Park last night.

Steven Kin­sella marked his first league start for the Li­ly­whites by open­ing the scor­ing four min­utes be­fore the break.

Stephen Kenny’s side made sure of the points five min­utes into the sec­ond half when David McMil­lan steered home his 16th league goal of the sea­son, be­fore sub­sti­tute Michael Duffy made it 3-0 in stop­page time.

The re­sult moves the cham­pi­ons 11 points be­hind the Leesiders, who they meet at Turner’s Cross on Mon­day evening.

Drogheda were bat­tered 4-0 in the FAI Cup tie be­tween the sides two weeks ear­lier, but they pre­sented a much more dif­fi­cult test to Dun­dalk here and al­most pulled in front af­ter three min­utes.

Adam Wixted took pos­ses­sion of a sloppy Ni­clas Vem­melund pass to carve the Dun­dalk back four open with a through ball for Shane El­wor­thy, but Brian Gart­land raced back to head his goal­bound ef­fort off the line.

Dun­dalk didn’t re­ally hit top gear but winger Dy­lan Con­nolly saw a half vol­ley crash off the post just short of the half-hour mark, while at the other end Gary Rogers made a stun­ning save to tip a Thomas Byrne ef­fort over the top.

It looked like the half would end score­less but Dun­dalk took the lead in the 41st minute when Kin­sella stabbed home af­ter Stephen McGuin­ness pulled off a stun­ning save to keep a Stephen O’Don­nell header out.

Kin­sella limped off in the 47th minute with an in­jury, but Dun­dalk added a sec­ond four min­utes later when McMil­lan headed a Sean Gan­non ball across McGuin­ness.

Dun­dalk pushed for a third, and McMil­lan smashed one off the bar late on with McGuin­ness beaten.

An­other mis­er­able night for Drogheda was com­pounded when Thomas Byrne was sent-off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence with eight min­utes to play, be­fore Duffy rounded off the scor­ing with a classy fin­ish in stop­page time.


Dun­dalk’s David McMil­lan and Stephen McGuin­ness of Drogheda dur­ing last night’s game.

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