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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Men against Athboy as Duleek make hay

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:11

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Danny Coyle (Drogheda Town) tries to escape the clutches of Dublin Bus's Patrick Mohan during Friday's Leinster Senior League clash at Marian Park. -Match report on Page 87

DULEEK made their lower-division opponents pay for the disappointment of bowing out of the Leinster Senior Cup a few days earlier as they ran up a huge score in this Tully Bookmakers tie played on Sunday.

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DULEEK made their lower-division opponents pay for the disappointment of bowing out of the Leinster Senior Cup a few days earlier as they ran up a huge score in this Tully Bookmakers tie played on Sunday.

The Division 2 side suffered a torrid backlash in this secondround game following the Premier title-chasers' 3-1 defeat to Ratoath on Thursday night. Manager Dave Rogers opted to take on a playing role to strengthen a defence that has been leaking more goals than he would like, former Glebe North man Jonathan Deegan having also made his debut in the previous outing.

The latter, who is back from a tour of duty with the army in Lebanon and hadn't played in a year, showed that he will make a big difference, and was influential in not only the side's biggest win of the season, but for some time.

The starring roles were filled, however, by striker Barry Kavanagh, who added four goals to his impressive leading scorer haul, and his partner and assistant manager Tony Grant, scorer of a brace, with centre-half Jamie Flaherty and substitutes Anto Burke and Paddy Coates rowing in with one apiece.

Kavanagh quickly erased the sour taste of the Leinster Senior Cup defeat by giving Duleek an early lead after Grant headed the ball into his path from a Paul Martin cross. Grant then made it 2-0, rounding off a fine move involving Martin and Ray Hamilton.

The visitors pulled a goal back as a result of a blunder in the home defence, but Kavanagh restored Duleek's two-goal advantage with a fine header that fittingly crowned another piece of splendid teamwork featuring Deegan and Hamilton, whose cross laid on the opening.

Kavanagh completed his hattrick before the break with a lovely chipped finish as the Athboy goalkeeper was drawn to the edge of his 18-yard box by a lovely Martin pass.

Martin and Hamilton combined again for Grant to flick the ball on for Kavanagh to increase his and Duleek's tally early in the second half - 5-1.

With his side so much in command, Rogers withdrew himself and made three changes on the hour.

Athboy were offered a glimmer of hope when the referee adjudged that home goalkeeper Keith Martin was over the line when he caught a corner kick, but this only briefly interrupted the Duleek's momentum, with Grant notching his second goal as Deegan and Martin once again did the spadework.

The home side still weren't finished and they ended with three further goals in the closing five minutes. The first was headed home from a corner by Flaherty. Burke then struck a sweet left foot shot to the net as the ball bobbled about in the visitors' box, and he then turned provider for fellow substitute Coates to head the winners' ninth goal.

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