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Brilliant Towell on double to send Dundalk nine points clear

Galway 2 Dundalk 4

Published 07/07/2015 | 22:44

Richie Towell, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's 1st goal with team-mate Darren Meenan
Richie Towell, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's 1st goal with team-mate Darren Meenan

Dundak had to endure an unlikely nervy late finish before they finally saw off Galway United to go nine points clear at the top of the Premier Division tonight.

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The champions were cruising with a three-goal cushion but goals from Enda Curran and Padraig Cunningham ensured a dramatic ending with John Mountney securing the Dundalk win with the fourth in added time as Galway pushed for an equaliser.

Top scorer Towell had been quiet early on but he broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion on 35 minutes.

Marc Ludden was booking for a foul on Towell, and the Dundalk striker then smashed the resultant free from 25 yards into the top right corner for his 12th goal of the campaign.

It was no more than Dundalk deserved, and Boyle almost doubled the lead with a header shortly afterwards, while Winn had to be alert to touch a shot from McMillan away.

Galway kept battling away and Jake Keegan almost snatched an equaliser just before the break but he flashed a low effort the wrong side of the left post after being set up by Connolly.

Richie Towell, right, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal
Richie Towell, right, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal

Dundalk continued to press after the restart and doubled their lead after 58 minutes when the unmarked Massey headed home a corner by Meenan for his fourth of the campaign.

Dundalk seemingly wrapped up the points after 67 minutes when Towell rifled home his second when Galway failed to deal with a corner.

Curran gave the home side some hope with a goal from a free 16 minutes from the end.

And a strike from Padraig Cunningham with four minutes to go ensured a nervous finish for the champions, and they were grateful to Rogers for thwarting Shanahan.

And then in stoppage-time Keegan almost scored from close range, but Dundalk broke and John Mountney wrapped it up after being set up by Horgan.

GALWAY UNITED – Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Walsh, Ludden (Cantwell 82); Garcia (Shanahan 56), O’Leary (Cunningham 62), Byrne, Connolly, Keegan; Curran.

DUNDALK – Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle (Barrett 72), Massey; Meenan, O’Donnell, Towell, Horgan; Finn (Shields 76), McMillan (Mountney 85).

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