Sec­ond-half goals se­cure win for Dun­dalk

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

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.

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