Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dundalk fight back

Dundalk scored twice in the space of two minutes to earn a draw with Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds last night.

Goals in each half from Gary McCabe and Mauro Almeida had Rovers seemingly cruising to three points. But Ross Gaynor and substitute Ciaran McGuigan hit the net to shock the home side.

Indeed the visitors nearly won it when Richard Brush's attempted clearance hit off Johnny Breen and came back off the Rovers post late on.

For Rovers, Gavin Peers was back from suspension and McCabe earned a recall after his goalscoring substitute appearance in Drogheda last Friday.

And the winger justified his selection with a stunning strike, curling the ball over keeper Peter Cherrie and into the top-corner on 27 minutes.

Rovers brought in Mark Doninger and Dean Marshall after the hour-mark, and claimed their second on 69 minutes. Defender Mauro Almeida rose highest at the back post to head McCabe's excellent corner into the net.

But Dundalk responded with a quickfire double. Firstly, Gaynor skilfully broke into the box and finished low past Brush with 14 minutes left.

And then McGuigan headed home Faz Kuduzovic's corner to rescue a point for the visitors, just four minutes after his introduction.

Sligo: Brush, Ventre, Peers, Almeida, Keane, McCabe, O'Grady, Ryan, Doyle (Marshall 67), Blinkhorn, Amond (Doninger 62).

Dundalk: Cherrie, Kelly, Garry Breen (McGuigan 74), Burns, Hatswell, Maher, Miller, Melligan, Gaynor, Kuduzovic, Fenn (Johnny Breen h-t).

Referee: N Doyle.

Irish Independent

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