Hector brace punishes Galway
There is rarely a dull moment at Galway United and, with five defeats on the spin, another grim relegation battle looms.
Short on confidence, experience and hope, Galway's defensive lapses during a tame first half were ruthlessly punished by Dundalk, who somehow skipped off at the break with a two-goal lead.
All that needed to be determined thereafter was the margin of Dundalk's success as these really are worrying times for the Corribside club.
While there was little wrong with Galway's application early on they were undone in the 33rd minute by a routine set-piece as Michael Hector headed a Daniel Kearns free kick past Galway's Greg Fleming.
A second Dundalk goal was added on 41 minutes courtesy of a smooth strike from the industrious Mark Quigley.
Dundalk's deliveries from every dead ball were bothering Galway and a third goal arrived in the 70th minute when Hector bundled the ball over the line following a Keith Ward assist.
In the dying embers sub Enda Curran and Alan Murphy came close to filching a late consolation for Galway, but Dundalk had landed the blows that truly mattered.
Galway United -- Fleming; Sinnott, Maher, Walsh, Eduardo; Feeney, S Kelly, G Kelly (Curran 65); Keogh (Gilmore 60), Murphy, Moore.
Dundalk -- Cherrie; Madden, Hector, Guthrie, Murphy; Kearns, McDonnell (Hawkins 90), Ward, Gaynor; Quigley (Breen 62), Byrne (Griffin 73).
Ref -- P Sutton (Clare).
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