Monday 27 February 2017

Two-goal Shiels starts Dundalk's title party

Dundalk 4 Galway United 1

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Dundalk players pose for photographs after lifting the SSE Airtricity Premier Division trophy. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Dundalk players pose for photographs after lifting the SSE Airtricity Premier Division trophy. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Dundalk's coronation ceremony took place in front of 3,635 people at Oriel Park.

Champagne football on a champagne night was the verdict of PA announcer Mickey Duffy, and it was hard to argue with his assessment, Stephen Kenny's side ending their campaign seven points ahead of Cork City.

Drogheda United's Sean Thornton in action against Craig Donnellan of Cobh Ramblers. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Drogheda United's Sean Thornton in action against Craig Donnellan of Cobh Ramblers. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The game marked the beginning of another momentous week for Kenny's side who face Zenit St Petersburg in a crunch Europa League clash in Russia on Thursday before meeting Cork in the FAI Cup final at The Aviva Stadium three days later.

One player who boosted his chances of being involved in those games is former Rangers attacker Dean Shiels, who helped himself to a well-taken first-half brace.

Both were the result of well-worked moves, the first in the 13th minute coming from a Ciaran Kilduff flick, the second 24 minutes later from a neat one two with Robbie Benson. Sandwiched in between was a 35-yarder from Paddy Barrett that left Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn red-faced.

Galway pulled one back in the 55th minute when Ryan Connolly forced home at his second attempt after Gabriel Sava did brilliantly to save his initial effort, but Kilduff made it 4-1 in stoppage time to spark a huge title party.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates with the trophy. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates with the trophy. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
DUNDALK - Sava; Gannon, Boyle, Barrett, Massey; Benson (Poynton 67), O'Donnell (Gartland 63), McMillan, Shiels (Poynton 67), Horgan; Kilduff.
GALWAY UNITED - Winn; Cantwell, Aganovic, Folan, Horgan; Shanahan (Devers 78), Byrne, Connolly, Sinnott (Melody 58), Devaney; Cunningham (Faherty 58).
REF - D Tomney.

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