Duffy’s late win­ner helps Dundalk reg­is­ter an­other vi­tal vic­tory

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Michael Duffy’s goal nine min­utes from time saved Dundalk blushes as they over­came a plucky dis­play by rel­e­ga­tion play­off threat­ened Lim­er­ick at the Mar­ket’s Field.

As a re­hearsal for next Fri­day’s cup meet­ing be­tween the same sides at the same venue, this will give Lim­er­ick heart but it was the ex­pe­ri­ence of Dundalk that earned this pre­cious win.

Chance

Sub­sti­tute Pa­trick McEleney cre­ated the chance for Duffy whose shot from just out­side the penalty box beat the out­stand­ing Tommy Hol­land in the Lim­er­ick goal.

Two min­utes af­ter he grabbed the win­ner Duffy forced a superb save from Hol­land. The first scor­ing chance fell to Dundalk but Hol­land got down to block Michael Duffy’s low shot af­ter two min­utes and mo­ments later the Lim­er­ick goal­keeper saved Daniel Cleary’s header.

Splen­did save

Lim­er­ick grew into the game and Will Fitzger­ald brought a fine save from Gary Rogers who also de­nied Karl O’Sul­li­van and the vis­it­ing goal­keeper made a splen­did save to tip over a header by Cian Cole­man.

But the near­est ei­ther side came to a first-half goal was in the 44th minute when Pa­trick Hoban’s header was su­perbly saved by Hol­land.

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