Sunday 25 February 2018

Dundalk fightback frustrates Blues

Dundalk 2 Limerick 2

Dundalk battled back from two goals down again to secure another dramatic draw, this time at home to Limerick.

Axel Bossekota and Shaun Kelly had Stuart Taylor's side ahead with 20 minutes remaining before Dane Massey and John Sullivan sensationally hit back for the Lilywhites, although they are still without a home win.

Four minutes before half-time the Blues took a surprise lead when Mark Rossiter was caught in possession, losing the ball to Stephen Bradley. His defence-splitting through-ball was pounced upon by Bossekota, who ran through and fired past Peter Cherrie into the corner.

The home side almost had an immediate response after Richie Towell's free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar.

Andy Boyle and John Mountney both had free headers go wide in the second half before Kelly hit Dundalk with a sucker-punch, driving home the rebound after Danny Galbraith had hit the upright with 20 minutes remaining.

Dundalk replied through Massey as he headed home from a John Dillon corner, and six minutes later they levelled.

Another corner was not properly cleared by Aaron Browne, and Sullivan delightfully hooked the ball into the corner.

DUNDALK – Cherrie; Boyle, Rossiter (Shields 81), Sullivan, Massey; Dillon, Towell, Mountney (Meenan 71), Ward; Byrne (Mulvenna 65), Faherty.

LIMERICK – Ryan; Browne, Folan, Kelly; Bradley, Gamble, O'Leary (Rainsford 76), Galbraith, Treacy (Nzuzi 81); Curran, Bossekota.

REF – D Tomney (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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