Champions Dundalk celebrate in style
Dundalk 4 Bray 0
One down, one to go for Dundalk.
If last night saw the kings of the SSE Airtricity League crowned in front of their own supporters, then next Sunday’s FAI Cup final will present Stephen Kenny’s side with the opportunity to complete a season of dominance when they face Cork City in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium.
Victory for Dundalk, against a Cork side that have failed to beat the Lilywhites in over three years, would see Kenny’s team follow the Dundalk sides of 1979 and 1988 into the pantheon of all time greats.
They will go to the Aviva full of confidence after breaking yet another record.
Kenny’s team started the game needing four goals to overhaul the Premier Division record of 77 in a season, set by Shamrock Rovers back in 1923, and fittingly, it was a late double from Richie Towell that created history.
They got off to a blistering start with Ciaran Kilduff and Daryl Horgan scoring inside the opening ten minutes.
The celebrations were interrupted slightly when Stephen O’Donnell disappeared down the tunnel, to be replaced by Chris Shields in the 24th minute.
The third goal arrived with ten minutes to go when Towell sent Peter Cherrie the wrong way from the penalty spot and the star midfielder created history in the final minute, recording his 25th goal of an incredible campaign for Dundalk.
DUNDALK – Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Towell, O’Donnell (Shields 24); Meenan, Finn (Mountney 61), Horgan; Kilduff (McMillan 71).
BRAY WANDERERS – Cherrie; Barker, McNally, Cooney; Douglas, Fitzpatrick (Sullivan h-t), McEvoy, Kelly, Wixted (Cassidy h-t); Hanlon, Lyons (Scully 64).
REF – P McLaughlin.