Sunday 22 October 2017

McMillan gets Dundalk back on track in derby

Dundalk 3 Drogheda United 1

David McMillan rises highest to open the scoring for Dundalk. Photo: Sportsfile
David McMillan rises highest to open the scoring for Dundalk. Photo: Sportsfile

After losing to Cork City last week, Stephen Kenny would have demanded an instant reply from his Dundalk side and they got it with victory over Drogheda United in an eventful Louth derby at Oriel Park.

The last competitive game between these sides came back in September 2015 when Dundalk put six past their neighbours without reply and those from the south side of the county would have been fearing a repeat when Dundalk raced into a two-goal lead by the 26th minute of play.

Brian Gartland, right, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. Photo
Brian Gartland, right, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. Photo

The champions hit the front when Dane Massey picked out David McMillan and he guided a fine header inside the post after 20 minutes and the home side doubled their advantage in six minutes later.

McMillan turned provider, linking up well with Thomas Stewart to tease a low ball across the face of goal for Duffy to turn home.

The alarm bells would have been ringing on Boyneside but Marc Griffin hauled them back into it in the 32nd minute.

Gary Rogers came to collect Colm Deasy's cross from the right but failed to gather, allowing Griffin the chance to hook the ball home from a very difficult angle. Drogheda's hopes of taking something from the game were extinguished when Ciarán McGuigan was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 72nd minute; Brian Gartland took advantage of some comical defending that followed to secure the win.

Referee Ben Connolly shows the red card to Ciaran McGuigan of Drogheda United. Photo: Sportsfile
Referee Ben Connolly shows the red card to Ciaran McGuigan of Drogheda United. Photo: Sportsfile
DUNDALK - Rogers; Gannon (Barrett 50), Gartland, Vemmelund, Massey; Shields (Hoare 85), Clifford; McGrath, Stewart, Duffy; McMillan (Kinsella 86).
DROGHEDA UNITED - McGuinness; Deasy, McGuigan, Gallagher, Dunne; Purdy, Thornton (McEvoy 77); McCaffrey, S Brennan (Hyland 60), G Brennan; Griffin (Elliott 66).
REF - B Connolly

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