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Dundalk strike late through Darren Meenan to defeat Louth rivals Drogheda

Published 03/07/2015 | 22:21

3 July 2015; John Mountney, third from left, Dundalk, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; John Mountney, third from left, Dundalk, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; John Mountney, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; John Mountney, third from left, Dundalk, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; Richie Towell, Dundalk, reacts after a missed shot on goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; Drogheda United manager John McDonnell. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
3 July 2015; Andy Boyle, Dundalk, in action against Lee Duffy, Drogheda United. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v Dundalk, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

A last-gasp winner from Darren Meenan gave league leaders Dundalk the bragging rights following their Louth derby clash with Drogheda United tonight in United Park.

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Mountney's free-kick was directed to the net by Meenan and was enough to give the visitors a 2-1 win in an entertaining local clash in front of a packed house.

Michael Schlingermann was in inspired form in the opening half but was beaten when Dane Massey's free-kick came off the wall, only to see the ball hit the post and go out to safety.

Dundalk hit the front 54 minutes when Sean Gannon threaded the ball through to Darren Meenan, who turned sweetly, before dispatching the ball in the bottom corner.

Their lead was shortlived, Ronan Finn gave away the ball cheaply which allowed Sean Brennan to play in Lee Duffy who rounded Gary Rogers before sending the home crowd into raptures.

Dundalk dominated the game from there on in but Schlingermann kept getting in the way until John Mountney's free-kick was deflected to the net by Darren Meenan in the final minute of normal time as Stephen Kenny's men left with all three points.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Micheal Schlingermann; Michael Daly (capt), Alan Byrne, Cathal Brady (Tiarnan Mulvenna 75), Joe Gorman; Jason Marks, Sean Brennan (James Daly 83), Sean Thornton, Stephen Maher, Robert O’Reilly; Lee Duffy.

DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Ronan Finn (Kurtis Byrne 78), Stephen O’Donnell (capt); Darren Meenan, Richie Towell, Daryl Horgan; David McMillan John Mountney 83).

Referee: David McKeon

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