Breen seals victory
A goal in the final minute of each half saw Dundalk run out comfortable winners over UCD at Oriel Park last night.
Daniel Kearns' penalty, right on the stroke of half-time and Johnny Breen's last-minute clincher secured the victory for the Lilywhites, but, in truth, it should have been more against the lacklustre Students.
Dundalk bossed possession, but they only opened UCD up on just two occasions in the first half. Keith Ward was sent through early on, but Ger Barron stood up well to save with his legs. Marc Griffin then shot wide of the post after he pounced on a poor backpass from Ciaran Nangle.
It looked like a drab first half would end scoreless, but Dundalk hit the front just before the break. Griffin was pulled down in the box by Michael Leahy and Kearns sent Barron the wrong way from the spot.
The second half had just kicked off when Kearns rattled the UCD woodwork after another deft pass from Ward.
Griffin then hooked a volley off target from a Ross Gaynor cross, before squandering another one-on-one opportunity just seconds later after yet another fine piece of play from Ward.
UCD didn't test Peter Cherrie on one single occasion and substitute Breen made the game safe late when he dinked the ball over Barron from close range.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Bennett, McHugh, N Murphy; Ward, Maher (Duffy 90), Bolger, Gaynor; Griffin (Breen 79), Kearns.
UCD -- Barron; Harding, Leahy, D O'Connor, Nangle; Marshall, Corry, Creevy (Roche 61), Ledwith (Morrison 61), Belhout, P O'Connor.
REF -- A Kelly (Cork).