Saturday 18 November 2017

Kenny's centurions inch closer to the league title

UCD 0 Dundalk 2

Patrick Hoban, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, UCD v Dundalk, Belfield Bowl, UCD, Belfield, Dublin (Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)
Patrick Hoban, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, UCD v Dundalk, Belfield Bowl, UCD, Belfield, Dublin (Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)
Patrick Hoban, Dundalk, in action against Colm Crowe, UCD. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, UCD v Dundalk, Belfield Bowl, UCD, Belfield, Dublin ( Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)
Patrick Hoban, Dundalk, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal as UCD's Colm Crowe shows his disappointment. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, UCD v Dundalk, Belfield Bowl, UCD, Belfield, Dublin (Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)

Dundalk took their goal tally past the 100 mark for the first time since the 1968-69 season as they swept away UCD to maintain their three point lead over Cork City at the top table.

That Dundalk side of 45-years ago went on to hit 109 goals in all competitions, yet only had a City Cup trophy to show for their efforts. This win, however, means Stephen Kenny's current crop are inching closer towards the club's first league title in 19-years.

Cork City will no doubt want to have a say in that. The Leesiders we 1-0 down when the teams entered the fray here, and, no doubt buoyed by that news, Dundalk started brightly.

They took the lead after just nine minutes. Darren Meenan's corner was worked back to the edge of the penalty area and Richie Towell's deflected effort left Conor O'Donnell with no chance.

Kenny's men controlled the remainder of the half but, a Patrick Hoban header apart, they never really looked like getting a second.

UCD, with just one league win under their belt since May 2, offered little but their one real chance was a good one, Robbie Creevy firing straight at Peter Cherrie from 12-yards.

Cork City's comeback meant there was no room for error for Dundalk and Hoban ensured there would be no nervy finish to their night when he smashed a fine effort past O'Donnell in the 70th minute to take his tally to 17 league goals.

UCD - O'Donnell; Tobin, Ryan, Douglas, Coyne; Mulhall (Simon 80), Crowe, Benson, Creevy, Mohamed; Cannon (Belhout 62).

Dundalk - Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields, Towell; Meenan, Byrne, Horgan; Hoban (McMillan 82) (Griffin 87).

REF - James McKell

Irish Independent

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