Second-half goals secure win for Dundalk
Second-half goals from Patrick Hoban and Ronan Murray secured a comfortable 2-1 win for Dundalk away to Waterford last night. Despite dominating the first period, it took until the second half to secure the points.
Patrick Hoban saw his powerful strike blocked as Izzy Akinade make an important block early on before his header minutes later was just wide.
Waterford’s only chance of the first half came from defender Dylan Barnett who drove forward down the left but couldn’t get enough power on the strike to beat Gary Rogers.
Three more chances arrived as Patrick McEleney forced Waterford goalkeeper Niall Corbet into a good save, Hoban’s free header missed the target, and Dane Massey’s header was also off target.
Five minutes into the second half Sean Gannon crossed from the right to find the leap of Hoban and he brilliantly headed into the far corner to make it 1-0. Three minutes later it was 2-0 and game over.
John Mountney picked up the ball on the right endline and played in Ronan Murray to roll the ball into the net to double the lead and secure the points, before a late Dessie Hutchinson consolation for the home side.