Monday 5 December 2016

Late Kilduff header foils brave Youths

Wexford Youths 1 Dundalk 2

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Wexford Youth goalkeeper Graham Doyle looks on dejected after conceding a late goal. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Wexford Youth goalkeeper Graham Doyle looks on dejected after conceding a late goal. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
David McMillan, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring Dundalk's first goal. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Dundalk's Patrick McEleney squeezes past a challenge from Craig Wall, left, and Stephen Last, Wexford Youths. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Wexford's Jonny Bonner bursts past a sliding tackle from Daryl Horgan. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
David McMillan, Dundalk, beats Aidan Friel in the air to score his side's first goal. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Ciaran Kilduff deprived Wexford Youths of a first Premier Division point with a late winner at Ferrycarrig Park to send the champions top of the table.

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Good value for David McMillan's first-half lead, Dundalk struggled to impose their game on Youths in the second half. And Shane Keegan's newcomers grew in confidence to deservedly level on 81 minutes.

Dundalk failed to deal with Paul Murphy's corner on the left and defender Stephen Last beat Gary Rogers with a firm header. But a mistake by captain and 'keeper Graham Doyle three minutes later gifted Dundalk victory. Dane Massey's cross picked out sub Kilduff whose header Doyle allowed to squirm under him and over the line. That was harsh luck on Doyle as he'd kept Dundalk out in the first half.

The 37-year-old custodian did well to palm a long-range free kick from John Mountney round a post on 25 minutes

Doyle was there again with the save of the first half six minutes later, getting a strong hand to a impressive 30-yard drive from Horgan.

Wexford Youths - Doyle; Friel, Last, Grace, R Delaney (McCabe, 76); Molloy, Wall, Ledwith, Mulligan (Bonner 63); Furlong, Murphy.

Dundalk - Rogers; Barrett, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields, Finn; Mountney, McEleney (Benson 79), Horgan; McMillan (Kilduff, 75).

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin)

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