Friday 23 February 2018

Dundalk make most of McCormack dismissal

Derry City 0 Dundalk 2

Ciaran Kilduff makes his presence felt against Derry’s Barry McNamee at the Brandywell
Ciaran Kilduff makes his presence felt against Derry’s Barry McNamee at the Brandywell
Richie Towell of Dundalk with a shot on goal
Dundalk's Daryl Horgan holds off Derry City's Ronan Curtis
Ciaran Kilduff, 16, goes to celebrate with Richie Towell and Stephen O'Donnell after scoring his side's first goal Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dundalk put one hand back on the Premier Division title last night as they moved seven points clear at the top of the table.

Their win over ten-man Derry City and Cork's shock defeat to Limerick enhanced their advantage at the summit.

The champions deservedly took the points but only after the game changed midway through the first half.

Derry were reduced to ten men on 25 minutes after Conor McCormack was sent off following a challenge on Sean Gannon.

Assistant manager Paul Hegarty was also dismissed from the bench after he took his protests too far.

Dundalk then took the lead deep into first-half stoppage time when Ciaran Kilduff finished well from 10 yards, side-footing the ball home after Dane Massey had created the clear-cut chance.

The ten men created a half-chance when Barry McNamee's cross found Rob Cornwall, but the defender's header was saved by Rogers.

On 56 minutes a clever header by Stephen O'Donnell inside the City penalty box found John Mountney, but he mis-hit his effort, which flew well wide of the target.

Derry goalkeeper Ger Doherty had to make a smart save on 67 minutes, diving low to keep out Richie Towell's close-range strike.

Towell missed a golden chance to double Dundalk's lead, this time firing his close-range header straight at Doherty.

However, the clinching goal finally arrived when substitute David McMillan, who earlier had missed a chance to add Dundalk's second, did find the back of the net on 88 minutes after Massey had won possession from Seamus Sharkey on the edge of the box to set up the chance.

Derry City - Doherty, Cornwall, McBride (Sharkey 73), Barry, Jarvis; Lowry, McEneff, McCormack, McNamee; Dooley (Curtis h-t), Timlin (Curran 82).

Dundalk - Rogers, Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; O'Donnell, Towell, Finn; Mountney, Kilduff (McMillan 73), Horgan.

Ref - R Harvey (Dublin)

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