Tuesday 16 January 2018

Benson saves face for Dundalk

Dundalk 4 Finn Harps 0

The breakthrough finally arrived in the 51st minute and it was a real moment of good fortune for Stephen Kenny’s side. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The breakthrough finally arrived in the 51st minute and it was a real moment of good fortune for Stephen Kenny’s side. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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Two goals in the space of four minutes did untold damage to Finn Harps' chances of beating Dundalk at Oriel Park.

David McMillan missed a gilt-edged chance in first-half stoppage time to put Dundalk in front, while Ciarán Gallagher made a number of fine saves.

Ollie Horgan's side also had their moments with Sean Houston seeing a drilled shot tipped around the post by Gary Rogers.

The breakthrough finally arrived in the 51st minute and it was a real moment of good fortune for Stephen Kenny's side.

Dane Massey let fly with a blistering half-volley that Gallagher did brilliantly to push away. Unfortunately for the Harps netminder, the ball cannoned off the face of Robbie Benson and flew into the net.

Horgan and his coaching staff were up in arms when referee Ben Connolly waved away their appeals for a penalty straight from the restart.

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And the visitors were left with a mountain to climb four minutes later when McMillan pounced on a loose ball to take the ball around Gallagher and steer home from a tight angle.

Harps struggled to keep pace and goal number three arrived in the 63rd minute, Patrick McEleney lifting another Goal of the Month contender past the helpless Gallagher. Substitute Jamie McGrath put the icing on the cake with a tidy finish with 10 minutes to go.

DUNDALK - Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Vemmelund, Massey; Benson, O'Donnell (Shields 71); Duffy, McEleney (Kilduff 73), Stewart (McGrath 62); McMillan.

FINN HARPS - Gallagher; McNulty, Coll, Cantell, Harkin; McAleer, Boyle, McCourt (Molloy 65), Bonner (Dsane 60), Houston (Millien 73); Morrissey.

Ref - B Connolly

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