Tuesday 17 September 2019

Dundalk bounce back from European disappointment with emphatic win over Harps

Dundalk 5 Finn Harps 0

16 August 2019; Daniel Kelly of Dundalk celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and Finn Harps at Oriel Park in Louth. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 August 2019; Daniel Kelly of Dundalk celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and Finn Harps at Oriel Park in Louth. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Chris McNulty

Dundalk stretched their unbeaten domestic run to 17 games with a comfortable dispatch of 10-man Harps.

Patrick McEleney’s double helped the Lilywhites put their Europa League disappointment to bed.

Daniel Kelly, Georgie Kelly and Jamie McGrath also netted as Dundalk maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Three days after their Europa League sojourn was ended with a 3-1 loss to Slovan Bratislava, a much-changed Dundalk took some time to come alive here.

But the breakthrough arrived via a gift in the 36th minute. Harry Ascroft’s wayward pass paved the way for Kelly, who made no mistake with a clinical finish.

Harps’ woes deepened when Mark Russell saw red just four minutes later, the Scot booked for the second time following a late tackle on Daniel Kelly.

Just after the hour, Dundalk picked Harps’ pockets again to finish high to the net – Donegal native Georgie Kelly sliding home against his native county men.

McEleney nipped in three minutes later for a third and sub Jamie McGrath slammed home 16 minutes from the end. There was still time for McEleney to break clear and loft over the advancing McGinley for a fifth.

Dundalk: Rogers; Dummigan, Gartland, Hoare, Massey; Murray, Shiels (Mountney 73); D Kelly, McEleney, Duffy (McGrath 65); G Kelly (Hoban 71).

Finn Harps: McGinley; O’Reilly, Cowan, Todd; Borg, R Harkin (McNamee 65), Ascroft (Cretaro 78), G Harkin, Russell; Place (Smith h-t), Boyle.

Referee – G Kelly (Cork).

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