Sunday 25 February 2018

Conlon lifts Lilywhites

DUNDALK will go into their promotion/relegation play-off first-leg tie with Waterford United on Tuesday in good spirits after Barry Conlon secured them victory over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.

The home side went ahead after just 98 seconds. Gareth Brady's perfectly weighted pass set Lorcan Shannon clear on the right and his cross was knocked home by Michael Rafter.

Bray hit back in the 70th minute when Marty Waters beat Peter Cherrie with a stunning effort before substitute Conlon knocked home in the 80th minute to give Dundalk their first league win since May.

Rafter's early goal set the tone for an entertaining game with Bray pulling level with 20 minutes to play when Waters beat Cherrie with a dipping effort from the left of the penalty area.

However the home side, knowing that a failure to win would equal a club record of 19 games without a league victory, were given a welcome lift when youngster Mark Leavy unselfishly squared the ball for fellow sub Conlon to finish from close range.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Gaul, Whelan, Burns, Murphy; Shannon (Leavy 77), O'Brien, McDonnell, Brady (Conlon 70), Reilly; Rafter (Woods 60)

BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; Doyle, S O'Connor, D O'Connor, Knight (Georgiev h-t); Zambra, K O'Connor, Moffatt (Tresson 75), Houston; Byrne (Massey 55), Waters.

REF -- D Tomney (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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