Friday 24 November 2017

Daly and North find target to seal comeback for Saints


TWO goals in the space of six minutes saw St Patrick's Athletic recover from a one-goal deficit to claim all three points against Dundalk at Oriel Park.

Colin Hawkins' 56th-minute header gave the home side a deserved lead but Pete Mahon's men gradually grew into the game and quick-fire efforts from substitute Ian Daly and Danny North inflicted a second home defeat in four days on the Louth club.

Although Dundalk bossed the first half, only one clear chance fell their way. It arrived in the 15th minute, Keith Ward's goal-bound effort being hacked off the line by Derek Doyle.

The Lilywhites felt they should have had a penalty in the build-up to the move and Greg Bolger's stinging drive certainly looked to have been blocked by the arm of Ian Bermingham.

In-form Pat's arrived with a 10-game unbeaten league run and the small matter of a 13-year unbeaten record at the Louth venue to protect.

Their best opportunity of the first half arrived just past the half hour. Bolger and Hawkins were caught overplaying on the edge of their penalty area by Daryl Kavanagh. His cutback fell invitingly for North but Peter Cherrie did well to save with his legs.

North flashed a half volley across the face of the Dundalk goal in the 48th minute and Stephen Bradley saw a 25-yard free-kick float just wide as Pat's looked to get some momentum going at the start of the second half.

It was the home side who drew first blood, however. Ross Gaynor's corner from the right found Hawkins at the back post and the big centre-back prodded the ball past Gary Rogers to register his fourth goal of the season.

Mahon made a double substitution in the 63rd minute, throwing on Shane McFaul and Daly in a bid to retrieve the situation and his roll of the dice paid off as the Saints pulled level six minutes later.

Doyle picked out Daly in the box and, after a neat sidestep away from Dean Bennett, the substitute hammered the ball past Cherrie for an excellent goal.

North squandered a golden opportunity to put Pat's in front in the 73rd minute when he fired the ball at Cherrie from close range, but he made no mistake two minutes later, peeling away at the near post to guide Kavanagh's cross inside the far post.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Bennett, Hawkins, N Murphy; Kearns, Ward, Bolger, Gaynor; Griffin, Quigley.

ST PATRICK'S ATH -- Rogers; Harney, Shortall, Mulcahy, Bermingham; Stewart (Daly 63), Bradley, Crowley (McFaul 63), Doyle; Kavanagh, North (D McMillan 79).

REF -- D Tomney (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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