Monday 21 October 2019

Duffy magic secures first win for Perth

Dundalk 2 UCD 1

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth with Michael Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile
Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth with Michael Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile

The Vinny Perth era is officially up and running thanks to Michael Duffy's bit of magic against UCD at Oriel Park last night.

With the game locked at one goal apiece, last year's PFAI Player of the Year produced a trademark goal to secure the champions, and their new head coach, a first league win of the season.

Dundalk's Dane Massey in action against UCD's Jason McClelland. Photo: Sportsfile
Dundalk's Dane Massey in action against UCD's Jason McClelland. Photo: Sportsfile

A brisk opening saw chances fall at both ends. The best arrived the home side's way in the third minute when Patrick Hoban collected a Sean Gannon cross on his chest only to hammer the subsequent effort straight at Conor Kearns.

UCD knocked the ball around in their customary fashion and they prised a great opening with seven minutes on the clock when Neil Farrugia cut the Dundalk back four open but Jason McClelland was denied by Gary Rogers.

A similar route led to the opener in the 29th minute when Farrugia ran on to a Conor Davis pass on the inside left and buried his effort past Rogers to give Collie O'Neill's side the lead.

Perth was able to breathe a bit easier when Hoban pulled them back on level terms eight minutes after the restart. Sean Gannon's ball in from the right came off the hand of a UCD defender and Hoban sent Kearns the wrong way after a couple of shimmies in the build-up.

Dundalk's Dane Massey rises for the ball with UCD's Neil Farrugia. Photo: Sportsfile
Dundalk's Dane Massey rises for the ball with UCD's Neil Farrugia. Photo: Sportsfile

Momentum was gathering and Dundalk pulled ahead on the hour mark when Duffy picked up a Shields pass on the left and cut inside, leaving Dan Tobin trailing in his wake, before drilling a low effort under Kearns.

DUNDALK - Rogers; Gannon, Cleary, Hoare, Massey; Shields, Flores (McGrath 37); D Kelly (Dummigan 87), Murray (Mountney 61), Duffy, Hoban.

UCD - Kearns; Tobin, Scales, Collins, Dignam, McClelland (McDonald 87), Doyle, O'Neill, Molloy (Farrell 83), Farrugia; Davis (Mahdy 73).

REF - T Connolly.

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