Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fab Faz seizes on Ventre error to send 10-man Sligo home empty-handed


DUNDALK returned to winning ways with a victory over 10-man Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park last night, but the Bit O'Red will have made the long trip back to the West knowing they were very much the architects of their own downfall.

Paul Cook's plans were dealt a major body blow when Gary McCabe saw red after just 13 minutes for needlessly clashing with Ross Gaynor.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Sligo looked comfortable, but in the 56th minute -- out of nowhere -- Dundalk took the lead. Sligo captain Danny Ventre was slow to deal with a Gaynor cross, allowing former team-mate Faz Kuduzovic to seize possession and drill home.

The 10 men responded brilliantly and Peter Cherrie produced three world-class saves to deny John Russell and Padraig Amond, while, at the other end, JJ Melligan could have made it a more straight-forward final 20 minutes for the home side, but he scooped an effort off the post.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Kelly, G Breen, Burns, Murphy (McGuigan, 69); Maher, Cawley; Kuduzovic (McGowan, 85), Melligan, Gaynor; Fenn (J Breen, 76).

SLIGO ROVERS -- Brush; Keane, Peers, Ventre, McCartney (Foran ht); McCabe, O'Grady (Russell, 65), Ryan, Doyle (Blinkhorn, 59); Amond, Ndo.

REF -- Tom Connolly (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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