Friday 28 July 2017

Jox of six for Dundalk

Drogheda Utd 0 Dundalk 6

David McMillan, right, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with teammate Patrick McEleney. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
David McMillan, right, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with teammate Patrick McEleney. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

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Three goals in nine first-half minutes helped Dundalk return to winning ways as Stephen Kenny's men coasted past 10-man Drogheda in the Louth derby.

After Thomas Byrne's sending-off, two close-range finishes from David McMillan and a stunning strike from Patrick McEleney established a three-goal lead by the break.

Dundalk's David McMillan beats Drogheda United goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness to score his side's first goal. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Dundalk's David McMillan beats Drogheda United goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness to score his side's first goal. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

The derby was settled when Michael Duffy made it four, and Ciaran Kilduff's late brace put a gloss on the scoreline.

The game was tight early on but Byrne's dismissal just after the half-hour mark handed Dundalk the impetus. The 18-year-old was dismissed for a challenge on McEleney.

The visitors went in front after 36 minutes. Stephen O'Donnell let fly from 20 yards and Stephen McGuinness could only parry away. With the Drogheda defence static, McMillan nipped in to slot home.

Within minutes, the striker doubled his tally. After McGuiness failed to claim Niclas Vemmelund's chip, McMillan bundled home at the far post.

Dundalk's Michael Duffy beats Drogheda's Stephen Dunne. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Dundalk's Michael Duffy beats Drogheda's Stephen Dunne. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

On the stroke of half-time, McEleney lit the game up with a goal of the highest quality. Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, he produced a stunning shot that dipped over the keeper and in.

Just prior to the hour mark, Duffy's volley put the champions four up.

Sub Kilduff scored twice in a minute late on to heap even more misery on the home side.

Irish Independent

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