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Dundalk on course after victory at Shels


ON TARGET: Brian Gartland (r)

ON TARGET: Brian Gartland (r)

ON TARGET: Brian Gartland (r)

DUNDALK'S BID for a first league title since 1995 is showing no signs of weakness, Stephen Kenny's men making it three wins from three games with a superb 2-1 win away to Shelbourne last night.

Reds boss John McDonnell had appeared to steady the ship at Tolka Park and managed to get Shels off the bottom thanks to a five-game unbeaten run, but Dundalk blew that undefeated streak away last night and Shels remain in the bottom three, just two points ahead of close rivals Bohemians.

Former Shels man Andy Boyle came back to haunt his former club as early as the first minute when his header from a Darren Meenan cross got past Reds keeper Lee Murphy.

Dundalk had the chance to go 2-0 up in the fourth minute but John Dillon saw his penalty well saved by Murphy in the Shels goal.

Dundalk did double their lead on 12 minutes, Meenan was again the provider, the midfielder sending in a corner which was well met by the head of Brian Gartland.

The Lilywhites were in control until the 72nd minute when Shels defender Graham Gartland made it 2-1 with his first goal for the club.