Saturday 24 February 2018

Guthrie's late strike helps Dundalk edge thriller

Dundalk 3 Galway United 2

Dundalk boss Ian Foster had asked supporters to show a little patience and they had to do just that last night, with the Lilywhites having to wait until the 86th minute to finally overcome a stubborn Galway United side.

Shane Guthrie was the hero, popping up to guide home a Ross Gaynor corner just when it looked like both sides would have to make do with a point.

Dundalk went in front after 18 minutes -- and what a goal it was. Daniel Kearns' direct running caused Galway countless problems in the first-half and Gary Curran became the second player to be cautioned for upending the Belfast winger. There looked to be no real danger from the resulting free, but Mark Quigley stepped up to hit a 35-yard bullet to the back of the net.

Dundalk's lead lasted just three minutes. Shaun Kelly, released by the Louth club at the end of last season, was fouled by Ross Gaynor and Joseph Yoffe, formerly of FC United of Manchester, stepped up to beat Paul Murphy from the penalty spot.

The hosts went back in front in the 71st minute when Jason Byrne headed in Simon Madden's cross.

Quigley should have put the game to bed soon after, but he hit the post. Galway then looked to have earned a point when Sean Kelly guided a delightful effort past Murphy in the 76th minute, before Guthrie had the final say with four minutes to go.

DUNDALK -- P Murphy; Madden, Hawkins, Guthrie, N Murphy; Kearns, Bennett (S Maher 44), Ward, Gaynor; Quigley, Byrne.

GALWAY UNITED -- Fleming; Shaun Kelly, S Maher, Sinnott, Walsh; Ryan (Cash 59), Sean Kelly, G Curran, Moore; Yoffe (Murphy 68), Feeney (E Curran 80).

REF -- P Tuite (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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